Alzheimer's Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute
The ODDI was formed in 2015.
As of 2023, the ODDI has around 40 team members.
The Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute (ODDI) couples the deep disease knowledge and biology expertise of the academic community with high quality, innovative drug discovery technologies, to accelerate the discovery of novel, effective therapeutics for Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Housed within Centre for Medicines Discovery at the University of Oxford, the ODDI is uniting collaborative efforts for target identification with sophisticated target development capabilities. Led by the CSO, Professor Paul Brennan, the ODDI focuses on novel targets in the dementia therapeutic area, bringing together researchers from Biology, Chemistry, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience. The institute is part of a newly formed, world-class, network of three drug discovery institutes, sponsored by Alzheimer’s Research UK. This initiative is based on juxtaposing high quality drug discovery expertise alongside a deep scientific and academic understanding of patients, disease mechanisms, and model systems. The intent is to translate cutting edge academic science into drug discovery, and to prosecute projects from target to lead status, and beyond.
The Oxford Drug Discovery Institute is one of three Institutes within the Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Alliance, working alongside Institutes at the University of Cambridge and University College London. The Alliance will accelerate the discovery of novel, effective therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Alzheimer’s Research UK unites more than 1000 dementia researchers from across the UK to support and streamline dementia research. The charity is dedicated to funding the best minds and forging the most effective partnerships to nurture discovery and ideas, as well as translating findings from this pioneering research into benefits for people with dementia. For more information, visit ARUK’s website.