Alzheimer’s Research UK welcomes G8 commitment to find dementia treatments by 2025

Health ministers from the G8 countries have today committed to a significant increase in investment in dementia research, with the aim of finding a cure or disease modifying treatments for the condition by 2025.

Posted on 11th December 2013

Health ministers from the G8 countries have today committed to a significant increase in investment in dementia research, with the aim of finding a cure or disease modifying treatments for the condition by 2025. The agreement, which comes out of today’s G8 dementia summit, also includes a commitment to develop a co-ordinated international research action plan to move dementia research forwards, and a decision to appoint a Dementia Innovation Envoy to seek new funding from the private sector and philanthropic organisations.

Hilary Evans, Director of External Affairs at Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said:

“This action plan is the best possible news for people living with dementia, it tells them that the world will fight for them, and that the best and most collaborative science is our greatest weapon. Alzheimer’s Research UK shares the ambition to put disease modifying treatments into the hands of people with dementia, and with the right investment, we can be more optimistic than ever that we will meet if not exceed the G8’s 2025 target.

“The move for greater collaboration across borders and between sectors is exactly what’s needed to move research forward. The UK already exemplifies many of these important ways of working in dementia research, removing barriers between nations will only expedite progress. At Alzheimer’s Research UK our own Research Strategy is leading the way with new collaborative initiatives such as the Dementia Consortium, which brings together charity, academia and industry to speed up drug development. It’s now incumbent on all of us – charities, government and industry – to step up our research efforts to meet this ambition.”

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