Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. We fund pioneering research to find preventions, treatments and ultimately, a cure for dementia. Our mission is to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025 and with your support, we’re funding the very best science that will take us there. You can find out more about the research we fund in our Annual Report and Annual Review.
Alzheimer’s Society works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia, primarily through the provision of care and support services throughout the country. They also fund dementia research, though this is a relatively small proportion of their overall expenditure. You can find out more about their work in their Annual Report.
As charities with a number of similar aims, we work together on specific initiatives such as the Brains for Dementia Research brain donation scheme and Join Dementia Research, which helps match people who want to volunteer for research to suitable studies. Having more than one voice to campaign on issues affecting people with dementia can also mean a bigger impact, helping to keep the condition in the public eye. Individual charities can play to their strengths to bring about big changes in complex conditions; look at the many charities that play unique but important roles within the field of cancer.
Dementia is our biggest medical challenge, and Alzheimer’s Research UK is uniquely focused on driving research to find answers. We believe the challenge of dementia is sufficient to justify an independent charity dedicated to supporting scientific efforts to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention.