Professor Julie Williams
Cardiff Principal Investigator & Associate Director of CADR
Now a senior figure in the field of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research, Julie graduated from the University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology (BSc, 1978), later completing her PhD (1987) before taking up a research post at the University of Wales College of Medicine. Quickly progressing to Professorial level, Julie remains a Professor and Head of Neurodegeneration at the MRC CNGG, School of Medicine, Cardiff University. Julie's research focuses upon identifying and understanding genes which alter the risk of complex psychological and neurodegenerative disorders, with a particular interest in deciphering the genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease.
A pioneer of working collaboratively, Julie is renowned for leading huge research consortia in elucidating the genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease via methods including GWAS, sequencing, exome chip association, and cross disease complex phenotypic and statistical analyses.
Julie has previously served on the MRC Neuroscience and Mental Health Board, the Scientific Advisory Board of Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK), and as Chief Scientific Advisor to ARUK. Julie has been an advisor to UK and Welsh Governments, Dean of Research at the School of Medicine (Cardiff University), and a Senior Faculty member of NISCHR. Honoured as a commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2012, Julie was subsequently appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to the Welsh Government.
Julie is the lead for the Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff University and will facilitate collaboration with this translational research facility.
Julie is Associate Director of CADR and a member of the CADR Executive Board. She is the Centre lead for Cardiff, leading on Work Packages in Understanding the Genetics of Alzheimer’s Diseases and Translation of Genetic Findings into Clinical and Social Impact. Julie is mentoring Rebecca Sims to become Associate Director.