Our campaign wins

With your help, we’re making progress for dementia research and people impacted by the condition.

Jun 2018

NHS Health Check to include brain health information

NHS Health Check to include brain health information

Following a 2016 pilot study, dementia prevention messaging is included in NHS Health Check for people over 40. The new Health Check will include dementia risk reduction information for people in mid-life – an important window for addressing brain health.

May 2018

MPs heed cry to back dementia research

Our Campaigners help drive support for an Early Day Motion during Dementia Action Week, recognising the impact of dementia and our mission to bring about the first life-changing treatment by 2025. A total of 34 MPs across six political parties sign the Early Day Motion, helping us understand who can champion our cause in parliament.

May 2018

PM supports revolutionary early diagnosis effort

Prime Minister Theresa May outlines a new early diagnosis of disease project within the Grand Challenge on Artificial Intelligence in the Industrial Strategy and mentions dementia as part of this work. This announcement aligns with work Alzheimer’s Research UK is doing to change the way we detect the diseases that cause dementia.

Jul 2017

1,000th Campaigner joins Alzheimer’s Research UK

1,000th Campaigner joins Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK calls for help promoting dementia research during the snap general election and the number of people helping us campaign soars! Thanks to you, we now have more people calling for support in government than ever before.

May 2017

Tory manifesto includes dementia pledge

In the midst of a snap general election, the Conservatives’ election manifesto includes a commitment to invest in dementia research. Alzheimer’s Research UK calls on other political parties to make similar commitments to ensure efforts to power breakthroughs in dementia research remain a priority in the next parliament.

Mar 2017

Report shows number of dementia researchers has doubled

Report shows number of dementia researchers has doubled

Following a boost in research investment in 2010, the number of neurodegeneration researchers in the UK doubles between 2008/9 and 2014/15. This also results in a doubling of the number of research publications, increasing our understanding of the diseases that cause dementia.

Jan 2017

Alzheimer’s Research UK hosts roundtable to learn from drug failure

In the wake of the disappointing halt of clinical trials into Alzheimer’s drug solanezumab, Alzheimer’s Research UK brings together leading international researchers, including those who worked on the drug, to discuss learnings from the trials. This was the first time that detailed data from the trial was presented to the scientific community, and the discussions are now being used to help shape future research efforts.

May 2016

Alzheimer’s Research UK joins government to fund groundbreaking research effort

Alzheimer’s Research UK joins government to fund groundbreaking research effort

Alzheimer’s Research UK commits £50m to the UK Dementia Research Institute, which is led by a government investment of £150m. The initiative demonstrates a strong commitment to dementia research and is the largest joint effort in the UK supporting dementia research uniting Medical Research Council, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Oct 2015

Dementia is made a ‘test case’ for treatment evaluations

Following campaigns from Alzheimer’s Research UK, the new Accelerated Access Review names dementia as a ‘test case’ in evaluating new medicines made available on the NHS. The review considers how to speed up access to new drugs, medical technology and diagnostic tools.

Oct 2015

New dementia research fund is announced

New dementia research fund is announced

Alzheimer’s Research UK joins with the UK Department of Health and major pharmaceutical companies to invest in a global fund to develop new treatment approaches. The Dementia Discovery Fund focuses on exploring new ideas in dementia research, as well as stimulating further global investment in research into the condition.

Apr 2015

Challenge on Dementia is renewed

Following the publication of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Manifesto 2015-2020, which lays out steps needed to achieve the goal of bringing about a life-changing treatment by 2025, the coalition government sets out plans for its second Challenge on Dementia. This includes a commitment to investing £300m in dementia research over five years.

Mar 2015

Report reveals dementia hits women hardest

women and dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK publishes “Women and Dementia: A marginalised majority”, a groundbreaking report that looks at how dementia impacts women. This insightful report stimulates conversation around the world and is referenced by organisations including the Global Alliance for Women’s Brain Health.

Jun 2014

Prime Minister welcomes research goal at G8 event

Prime Minister welcomes research goal at G8 event

Following ambitions set at the G8 Dementia Summit, Alzheimer’s Research UK pledges to raise £100m for dementia research. Among the projects funded is a pioneering UK Stem Cell Research Centre to enable collaboration between researchers at University of Cambridge and University College London. Prime Minister David Cameron announces this campaign in his speech at a legacy event of the G8 Dementia Summit.

Dec 2013

G8 sets ambitious goal for dementia research and treatment

The UK government uses its presidency of the G8 to host the first ever G8 Dementia Summit. At the event, world leaders commit to an ambition to develop a disease-modifying treatment for dementia by 2025.

Jan 2012

Challenging government to answer to UK dementia crisis

Challenging government to answer to UK dementia crisis

Alzheimer’s Research UK launches its first report on dementia research capacity, “Defeating Dementia”, revealing a serious lack of dementia researchers in the UK and highlighting the need for a national dementia research strategy. Just two months later, the first Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia is launched by Prime Minister David Cameron, including a commitment to double research funding in the UK.

Feb 2010

New report reveals incredible challenge presented by dementia

New report reveals incredible challenge presented by dementia

The Alzheimer’s Research Trust – soon to be renamed Alzheimer’s Research UK – publishes “Dementia 2010”, which reveals that dementia research is desperately underfunded despite costing the UK economy more than cancer and heart disease combined. This sparks a national discussion about the challenge dementia poses and the need for greater research investment.

Apr 2008

Research leads to change in clinical use of antipsychotics

Researchers funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK find that antipsychotic medication, commonly prescribed to people with dementia, can worsen symptoms and double the risk of death. These findings contribute to a 2009 government report pledging to cut the use of antipsychotics by two-thirds and lead to a high-profile campaign to save lives.

Mar 2005

Dementia researchers vote against NICE proposals

Over 100 of the UK’s top dementia research scientists gather at Alzheimer’s Research UK’s conference in Nottingham and vote unanimously against proposals by NICE to deny or heavily restrict NHS patient access to Alzheimer’s drugs. This causes NICE to shift their ruling so people with dementia at all stages can benefit from available treatments.