The first progress report on the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge is published today, seven months on from the launch of the challenge. The report outlines the achievements and progress that have been made on the three strands of the challenge – dementia friendly communities, health and care and better research – and announces the next steps for the challenge.
In March the Prime Minister announced that funding for dementia research would double to £66m per year by 2015. Alzheimer’s Research UK has been helping to influence the agenda of the challenge’s Research Champion Group, which is working to accelerate research into dementia.
Dr Eric Karran, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK said:
“The UK is a strong base for research, with world-leading research centres and scientists who are committed to finding solutions for the devastating diseases that cause dementia. By bringing researchers together and encouraging collaborative science, the Dementia Challenge is already acting as a catalyst to speed up research. It’s great to see such a strong push for research and it’s important that we keep up momentum to capitalise on the progress that’s already been made.
“At a cost of £23 billion a year to the UK economy, we all agree that dementia is not a problem we can ignore. Finding treatments for Alzheimer’s and other dementias is no easy task, but it’s one we must tackle if we are to make a real difference to people’s lives.”
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