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Defeating Dementia

Our report Defeating Dementia discusses the quality of dementia research in the UK and how capacity can be improved to maximise its impact. It also calls on the government to set a national dementia research strategy to help our Scientists tackle this major health and economic challenge.

Key points from the report:

  • We have a small but high performing dementia research field in the UK.

  • As dementia is our greatest health challenge, set only to increase in magnitude, we have to support our field and seek to grow it.

  • With such high quality, world-leading dementia scientists in the UK, boosting the field could have a huge impact on the development of treatments, prevention and diagnosis for the good of all people with dementia.

  • Conversely, if we don’t protect and boost the field, we risk losing expertise as scientists leave the field without replacements following behind, or seek better opportunities overseas than those currently on offer in the UK.

  • The report features 14 recommendations for Government and all funders of dementia research to consider to help improve the environment for scientists in the UK and speed our progress.

  • Recommendation number 1- the headline - is to seek a national dementia research strategy, with long-term and protected funding.

The Defeating Dementia report follows our highly influential Dementia 2010 report which highlighted the economic burden of dementia in the UK in relation to other major diseases and the levels of research funding they each receive.

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