UK DRI stream

UK Dementia Research Institute Programme STream

Sessions in this stream have been convened by the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), Festival Partner for BNA2021. They are timetabled so that delegates can attend all UK DRI sessions over the four days of the Festival.

In addition to sessions supported by UK DRI, we have also listed other sessions in the programme which we believe will be of interest to delegates studying the neuroscience of dementia. Please explore the full programme to see more details about these other sessions.


Monday 12th April 2021

09:00 - 10:20 BST- Brain resilience to pathology​
Convened and supported by the UK Dementia Research Institute 
Tara Spires-Jones, UK DRI at University of Edinburgh, UK - non-speaking co-chair
Karen Duff, UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL, UK - Mechanisms of vulnerability to pathology in Alzheimer's disease​​
David A.Bennett (co-chair), Rush University, Chicago, USA - talk title TBC
Carol Brayne, Cambridge University, UK - talk title TBC
Declan King, UK Dementia Research Institute at University of Edinburgh, UK - Synaptic resilience in Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 participants is associated with maintained cognition during ageing​

10:20-11:20 BST - Rapid fire poster talks

12:20-13:00 BST - Exhibition, Discussion forums, Careers

13:00-14:00 BST - Exhibition and Poster session one

14:00-14:40 BST - Exhibition, Discussion forums, Careers

14:40-16:00 BST - Living with.... dementia - discussion and Q&A with Nick Fox and guest  

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Tuesday 13th April 2021

09:00 - 10:20 BST - Neurovascular coupling in health and disease - check full programme

10:20-11:20 BST - Exhibition and Poster session two

12:20-13:00 BST - Exhibition, Discussion forums, Careers

14:00-14:40 BST - Exhibition, Discussion forums, Careers

14:40 - 16:00 BST - Sleep and circadian rhythms in dementia research​​​
Convened and supported by the UK Dementia Research Institute  
Derk-Jan Dijk (co-chair), UK Dementia Research Institute Care Research and Technology and Surrey Sleep Research Centre, UK - Why and how to target sleep and circadian rhythms in dementia
Erik Musiek,The Hope Center, Washington University in St. Louis, USA - Circadian clock genes in neurodegenerative diseases​
Raphaelle Winsky-Sommerer (co-chair), University of Surrey, UK - Targeting sleep in mouse models of dementia​
Berta Anuncibay-Soto, UK Dementia Research Institute at imperial College London, UK - Does insomnia enhance onset of dementia? Novel mouse models of insomnia​

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Wednesday 14th April 2021

09:00 - 10:20 BST - Protein aggregation in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease: from mechanisms to targets for therapies - check full programme

10:20-11:20 BST- Exhibition and Poster session three

11:20 - 12:20 BST -  UK DRI Plenary Lecturer
Professor Bart De Strooper

Bart De Strooper

12:20-13:00 BST - Exhibition, Discussion forums, Careers

14:00-14:40 BST - Exhibition, Discussion forums, Careers

14:40 - 16:00 BST - Non-neuronal cells in neurological disease​​
Convened and supported by the UK Dementia Research Institute  
Soyon Hong, UK Dementia Research Institute, London, UK - non-speaking co-chair
Blanca Diaz-Castro (co-chair), UK Dementia Research Institute at University of Edinburgh, UK - Astrocytes in the interface of brain and periphery​
Cagla Eroglu, Duke University School of Medicine, USA - talk title TBC
Christer Betsholtz, Karolinska Institute and Dept of Immunology, Sweden - Single-cell analysis of neurovascular biology reveals novel cell types and their roles​
Sebastiaan De Schepper, UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL, UK - Microglia-Synapse Interaction in Alzheimer's Disease

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Thursday 15th April 2021

09:00 - 10:20 BST  - Dementia, sports & traumatic brain injury​​
Convened and supported by the UK Dementia Research Institute 
David Sharp (co-chair), UK Dementia Research Institute Care Research & Technology at Imperial College London, UK - What is the link between TBI and neurodegenerative disorders?​
William Stewart, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Glasgow, UK - Do sports increase the risk of dementia?
Elisa Zanier (co-chair), Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy - Transmissable Tau pathology induced by TBI​
Neil Graham, UK Dementia Research Institute Care Research & Technology at Imperial College London, UK, Diffuse axonal injury as a trigger for progressive neurodegeneration​

10:20-11:20 BST - Exhibition and Poster session four

12:20-13:00 BST - Exhibition, Discussion forums, Careers

13:00 - 14:00 BST -  Association of British Neurologists Plenary Lecturer, Professor Sarah Tabrizi

14:00-14:40 BST - Exhibition, Discussion forums, Careers

14:40 - 16:00 BST - WORKSHOP: Multi-omics analysis of the brain at single cell resolution
Carlo Sala Frigerio, UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL, non-speaking co-chair
Viola Volpato, UK Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff, UK - A deep single cell atlas of the human substantia nigra to study Parkinson's Disease progression​
Sarah Marzi, UK Dementia Research Institute at Imperial, UK - Epigenetic regulation in neurodegenerative disease​
Jo Anne Stratton, McGill University, Montreal, Canada- Interpretation of sequencing data in brain tissue​
Seth Grant, University of Edinburgh, UK - Synapse proteome complexity and the architecture of synapse diversity​
Kenneth Harris, University College London, UK - Identifying fine cellular subtypes in situ with multiplexed in situ RNA sequencing
Johanna Jackson, UK Dementia Research Institute at Imperial, UK - non-speaking co-chair

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