The Government has announced 21 new research projects into dementia that have been selected to receive a share of £22m funding. The funding was awarded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), and will boost research into improved care, new treatments, preventions and better understanding of the causes of dementia.
More information about the announcement, which forms part of the Government’s pledge to increase dementia research funding to £66m by 2015, can be found on the Department of Health website.
Dr Eric Karran, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“This is a significant boost for dementia research and we are pleased to see a wide range of projects winning support. UK research has the ability to deliver fundamental changes for people living with dementia now or at risk in future, through improved diagnosis, and, ultimately, better treatments that delay or slow down disease progression.
“As numbers living with dementia spiral towards one million, research is our only hope of an answer and it is encouraging that this funding call prompted a strong response from the field. To build on this momentum, we need to see more targeted investment in the future.
“This new funding announcement rounds off an important year of progress in dementia, with the Prime Minister’s Challenge inspiring action on all fronts to improve our response to this crisis.”