G8 Dementia Summit legacy on the agenda at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference

Experts will share news of the global efforts being made to defeat dementia in the wake of the G8 Dementia Summit today (Tue 15 July), in a special session at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014.

Posted on 15th July 2014

Experts will share news of the global efforts being made to defeat dementia in the wake of the G8 Dementia Summit today (Tue 15 July), in a special session at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014.

Health leaders from across the world will discuss some of the key aims of the legacy events being held across the globe since December’s summit, at which G8 countries committed to an ambition to develop a disease-modifying treatment for dementia by 2025. The first of these events was held in London last month and saw experts investigate ways to unlock new investment for dementia research – while events still to come will focus on collaboration between academic researchers and industry, dementia prevention and care challenges.

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

“The G8 Dementia Summit in December was an important moment that saw the international community commit to an all-out fight-back against this devastating condition. It’s critical for the commitments that were made to be backed up with real action, and it’s encouraging to see efforts being stepped up to meet the ambitions that have been laid down. At Alzheimer’s Research UK we have intensified our own research efforts by launching Defeat Dementia, a campaign to raise £100m over five years and launch new initiatives to speed up drug discovery. It’s crucial that all of us – charities, government and industry – keep working together if we are to deliver new treatments that are so urgently needed.”

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