Dementia Research Institute

A new case of dementia is diagnosed somewhere in the world every 4 seconds, and by 2030 it is estimated that there will be approximately 75 million people with dementia.

The Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff University is designed to address this significant health challenge.

As one of six UK centres, the research centre in Wales will be a significant section of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) - a £250m initiative, funded by the Medical Research Council, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK, to find new ways to diagnose, treat, prevent and care for people with dementia.

The UK DRI at Cardiff University is set to become the biggest investment Wales has ever received for scientific study into dementia.

Bringing together our leading experts in genetics, neurobiology, immunology, brain imaging, cognition and population health, we seek to understand the causes of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease. This research is helping develop new therapies designed to delay disease progression, reduce dementia risk and enhance quality of life in individuals with dementia.

Latest news

Inside Haydn Ellis Building

Appointments – Dementia Research Opportunities

6 July 2017

We are looking to recruit exceptional scientists from around the world - Join the team on this journey of discovery to beat dementia

Colourful MRI scan of a brain

Tinted Lens

15 May 2017

Marking Dementia Awareness Week with dementia friendly film screenings and activities

Exterior of Hadyn Ellis building

£13m dementia research centre

20 April 2017

Cardiff University chosen as centre for UK’s biggest dementia research initiative

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We are now looking to recruit exceptional scientists and support staff from around the world to help us shape and deliver our future vision.

Hadyn Ellis building


Access to some of the best technology and facilities allows our researchers to undertake cutting-edge dementia research.

A photo of some of the lab team at work


We will run three programmes to support the work of the UK Dementia Research Institute focused on the role of microglia and macrophages, gene discovery and biostatistics.

UK Dementia Research logo

UK Dementia Research Institute

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is a joint £250 million investment into dementia research led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) alongside founding charity partners the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.