Leicester welcomes new research funding into dementia

Posted by ap507 at Sep 03, 2014 11:42 AM |
The Midlands receives £100k boost

Alzheimer’s Research UK has increased support for dementia researchers in the Midlands by doubling investment in its Midlands Network Centre. 

The UK’s leading dementia research charity has announced increased investment in a Research Network across the UK, bringing scientists together to tackle this devastating condition. Alzheimer’s Research UK will support 15 Network Centres of scientific excellence across the UK, including a centre in the Midlands, uniting researchers from the Universities of Birmingham, Aston, Warwick, Leicester, Loughborough and Nottingham. More than 80 researchers across the institutions will benefit from £100,000 over two years. The investment is part of the charity’s £100m Defeat Dementia fundraising campaign, announced in June by the Prime Minister.

Dr Latha Velayudhan, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester and Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust said: “This is great news. A merged centre and increased investment would have greater impact, with increased opportunities for collaborations, sharing of ideas and expertise, which are essential to ensure high quality research and quicker efforts towards future therapies for dementia."