Calls for a tripling of dementia research funding
30 June 2009 00:00 in Industry related health news
Health charities have today urged the government to commit to a tripling of funding for dementia research to £96 million within five years.
Research by the Alzheimer's Research Trust and Alzheimer's Society has revealed the UK lags behind France, Germany and the US when it comes to dementia research funding and there are no concrete plans for its progression in the future.
As a result, the groups have called on the government to commit to a national dementia strategy and exploit the UK's scientific talent to help send the country to the front of the race to find a cure.
In a joint statement launched ahead of the government's forthcoming Dementia Research Summit due to take place this summer, the charities set out priorities and opportunities for dementia research.
Neil Hunt, chief executive of Alzheimer's Society, said: "It is a crucial opportunity for the government, charities and stakeholders to commit to a shared vision for dementia research. We need an ambitious plan that drives change and defeats this devastating condition."
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