Cardiff University awarded £13 million to become UK Dementia Research Centre

It’s part of a wider scheme looking at ways of treating Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Cardiff University is to receive £13 million to become one of six dementia research centres in the UK.

Up to 60 researchers will be employed under the scheme, in order to research the disease and its effects, by 2022.

This UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI) Centre is set to be the biggest investment Wales has ever received for scientific study into the disease.

Like cancer research, the extra investment is hoped will bring about new and exciting treatments in future studies.

This comes as part of a wider £250 million scheme funded by the Medical Research Council, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK, looking at new ways to treat dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The Hadyn Ellis building will house the research project, aiming to identify and treat the disease at an earlier stage.

Professor Valentina Escott-Price, a data analyst at Cardiff University, said: “I think for those people with dementia, we can give hope. There’s a long way to go, but just to modify, to slow down the progression, that we could help with.”