Govt allocates an extra £40m for dementia research
Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has hailed the announcement of £40m capital funding for the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI), as well as a £300m boost for the Ageing Society Grand Challenge that forms part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
“This investment is an important boost to what is now the country’s biggest joint endeavour in dementia research,” said Alzheimer’s Research UK chief executive Hilary Evans.
“The essential research happening at the UK DRI has the potential to transform our understanding of dementia and as a founding partner, Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to see this additional support.
“It’s encouraging to see the commitment to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge: early diagnosis of diseases could revolutionise the way we treat dementia, for example, where we now know the underlying diseases begin to develop 15-20 years before symptoms appear. We urgently need life-changing treatments for dementia and we hope this fund will be a vital catalyst to drive progress towards this goal.
“It will also be important for work supported through the Grand Challenge to explore ways of helping more people reduce their risk of dementia and live well into old age. With dementia now the leading cause of death in the UK, government initiatives like this have a crucial role to play if we are to change this picture and create a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.”