Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society are separate charities. Although we have a shared focus on making an impact for people affected by dementia, we have different goals, missions and visions.


Alzheimer's Research UK’s major focus is research. We are the UK’s leading dementia research charity, and we are working to revolutionise the way dementia is treated, diagnosed and prevented. We work on all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.

Since we were founded in 1992, Alzheimer's Research UK has funded over 1,180 research projects across the UK and internationally, and has committed more than £210 million to dementia research, including £23m in the last year. Alongside this, our policy and campaigning work includes working with government, parliamentarians, clinicians, industry and people impacted by dementia to support our search for a cure.

We also provide free health information about dementia, available to read online and order as printed copies. We run the Dementia Research Infoline, to answer your questions about dementia, dementia research and taking part in research.

Alzheimer's Society is a separate charity which provides support services for people affected by dementia and their carers, campaigns for change, and also funding research. It operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with two other charities Alzheimer Scotland, and Alzheimer's Society of Ireland, covering Scotland and the Republic of Ireland respectively.

We do collaborate with Alzheimer’s Society on specific projects and initiatives, notably on the Join Dementia Research service, and also by co-funding national research projects, such as Brains for Dementia Research and – with generous support from the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund – on the Blood Biomarker Challenge.

Our 10-year strategy

Alzheimer's Research UK: Towards a Cure defines the change we want to see for people affected by dementia. And identifies the unique role that we play.

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