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Alzheimer’s charity to set up drug discovery centre

Universities have been asked to apply to run an institute for research into Alzheimer’s disease.

The call was issued by the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK, which aims to set up the institute in 2014 to run for five years. Funding for the centre, which will focus on drug discovery, could reach £2 million a year, according to the call documents.

Eric Karran, the charity’s director of research, said in a statement: “The drug discovery institute is the missing link between the UK’s considerable expertise in fundamental science and the industry that can turn discoveries into benefits for people with dementia…The institute will be the first of its kind in Europe, and will follow successful models established for other diseases such as cancer.”

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