Announcing Our First RAD Fellows – The Race Against Dementia IS On!

Posted on the 8th October 2019

Sir Jackie and Race Against Dementia, partnered with Alzheimer’s Research UK, are extremely proud to announce that our first three new Race Against Dementia Fellows.

Dr Cara Croft from University College London and University of Florida, Dr Christy Hung from University College London and Dr Claire Durrant at the University of Edinburgh join us in our race to find a cure or prevention for this awful illness.

Dr Claire Durrant is relocating from Cambridge to Edinburgh to become the Race Against Dementia Dyson Fellow. The Fellowship is named in recognition of inventor and entrepreneur Sir James Dyson who is supporting the initiative with funding through the James Dyson Foundation.

Dr Croft’s fellowship will take place both at UCL and the University of Florida and will explore how genetic risk factors contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and whether these genetic pathways could be targeted with future Alzheimer’s drugs.

Dr Hung will investigate whether boosting a process called autophagy, a sort of cellular ‘garbage disposal’ system, could present a new approach for treating the disease.

The Fellows will be supported by world-leading experts at Dyson Technology, and other sources of support will come from leaders within motor sport including experts from the Red Bull and McLaren F1 teams.

Dr Durrant’s £500,000 project, funded by the James Dyson Foundation, will investigate the role of tau, a key protein implicated in both frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Over the five-year project, Dr Durrant will investigate the role of tau in keeping synapses – the connections between brain cells – healthy and how these change in Alzheimer’s disease. The tau protein is an important target for future dementia treatments and understanding more about its role in Alzheimer’s disease will be key for the success of this approach.

Welcome to Race Against Dementia!



Dr Claire Durrant talks about joining RAD as the Race Against Dementia Dyson Fellow.

Left to right. Dr Claire Durrant, Sir Jackie, Dr Cara Croft. Dr Christy Hung.

The RAD Fellows join Sir Jackie at Red Bull Racing.
More on their tour of Red Bull and our first workshop to explore collaboration between Formula 1 and science to follow.....
From left to right, Sir Jackie, Dr Cara Croft, Dr Christy Hung and Dr Claire Durrant.

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