As the most threatening disease for an aged society, dementia causes a huge social and economic burden. The broad spectrum of dementia researches (diagnosis and prevention, pathogenesis of disease, discovery of therapeutic targets, clinical-based studies, etc.) calls for collaborative efforts from diverse disciplines.
The SNU Dementia Research Center (SNUDRC) aims to foster convergence-based research approaches encompassing a diverse array of basic and clinical research teams to conduct extensive and challenging projects for developing effective treatments for dementia.
We hope the SNUDRC will function as a hub for domestic as well as global network of dementia research.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, the National Institutes of Health (NIHR) in the United Kingdom, and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan are developing and supporting dementia research infrastructures by establishing national plans for overcoming problems associated with dementia.
The United States designated multiple university-based Alzheimer's disease research centers (ADRCs) to promote collaborations and to efficiently share ideas, data, and findings related to Alzheimer's disease.Korea is also in need of a national dementia research center in order to organize and concentrate excellent, yet scattered, domestic research capacities in an efficient manner.
The SNUDRC aims to promote collaborative research approaches between basic and clinical investigators in order to maximize the R & D capacity of Korea for achieving the ultimate goal of conquering dementia