Race Against Dementia backs new joint dementia research programme between University of Edinburgh and Alzheimer Center, Amsterdam

Posted on the 8th February 2022

Race Against Dementia is delighted to announce its funding of the RAD Discovery Hub.  The first spoke is The Race Against Dementia Drug Discovery to Clinical Trial Project – which is a joint research partnership between the University of Edinburgh and the Alzheimer Center, Amsterdam (the “Project”).  The aim of the Project is to accelerate the discovery of new treatments for dementia and to test drug compounds against models of dementia, with a view to tracking promising targets towards clinical trials.

As a charity that provides grants both to early career researchers and to innovative and collaborative projects, RAD is thrilled to support what we hope will be the first of many ventures which bring together global centres of excellence to accelerate finding a prevention or cure for dementia.

RAD would like to welcome Dr Jort Vijverberg of Amsterdam and Dr Suvanker Pal and Dr Bhuvaneish T Selvaraj of Edinburgh who will be working on the Project, and who join us as RAD Associates benefitting from the full RAD Leadership Development Programme alongside our RAD Fellows.

You can hear more on the Project from Prof Scheltens and Prof Chandran from RADs Conference in 2021. The full conference is below with The Race Against Dementia Drug Discovery to Clinical Trial Project being presented from 50 minutes onwards.

We are very grateful to RAD for its forward looking investment in this programme of research that brings together world-leading experts from Edinburgh and Amsterdam to discover, and then begin to test, potential new treatments for different types of dementia. This is a long journey but it begins with catalytic investments, like this one, that are all about driving new approaches to tackling this most devastating of conditions. 

Prof Siddharthan Chandran of University of Edinburgh

I am extremely pleased that RAD has agreed to fund this outside the box project, which I am sure will advance drug development within the notoriously difficult field of neurodegeneration associated with dementia.

Prof Philip Scheltens of the Alzheimer Center, Amsterdam

I am so pleased that RAD is able to support this exciting Project between the University of Edinburgh and the Alzheimer Center, Amsterdam.  RAD is a relatively young and small charity but the research we support is of huge importance across the world.  Unless a cure for dementia is found, one in three people born today will die with the disease – a dreadful prospect for all families, like my own family, affected by the disease.

Our aim is to fund pioneering research into the prevention and cure of dementia through Projects like this one but also through supporting the RAD Fellowship Programme. We want to introduce the kind of problem solving abilities seen in F1 into dementia research and catalyse change.   I am very pleased that the Project will involve a number of early career researchers who will join the RAD team.  We currently fund eleven RAD Fellows – all involved in different areas of research and RAD hopes to support more in the future. Working to fund a cure for dementia is one of the greatest challenges I have ever faced.

Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

Prof Chandran and Prof Scheltens give an overview of The Race Against Dementia Drug Discovery to Clinical Trial Project at the RAD Conference 2021 - watch from 50 minutes onwards.

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