Now's your chance to share your thoughts on the current state of dementia research in the UK and which areas of research the Government should prioritise for any additional funding.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) is holding an inquiry into dementia research in the UK and the Government’s commitment to double dementia research funding and would like to hear your thoughts.
What is the APPG?
The APPG on Dementia is a cross-party group of MPs with an interest in dementia.
It is co-chaired by the Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, Debbie Abrahams MP and Crossbench Peer, Baroness Greengross.
The APPG is run in partnership with Alzheimer's Society, which provides administrative support and expert advice to the group.
What does the APPG aim to do?
The aim of the APPG is to raise awareness of dementia among parliamentarians and to influence legislation and policy making in order to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
The Group meets several times a year and uses each meeting to focus on specific issues affecting people with dementia. It also conducts inquiries on issues that affect people living with dementia.
The Dementia Moonshot
At the 2019 General Election, the Government committed to implement a ‘Dementia Moonshot’ that would double dementia funding from £83m a year to £166m a year over the next ten years. Nearly 18 months on, this promise is yet to be realised.
As such, the APPG is holding an inquiry that will investigate the current state of dementia research in the UK, make the case for the Government to bring forward the Dementia Moonshot, and suggest which areas of research should be prioritised with any of this additional funding.
Register to listen to the inquiry
The inquiry will include four session to hear from expert individuals and organisations in the field in oral evidence sessions and is also accepting written evidence that will support the production of the Group’s final report.
- Session 1: Introductory session (14th April 2021)
This session included panellists Professor Bart de Strooper, UK Dementia Research Institute, Professor Martin Rossor, National Director of Dementia Research, David Thomas, Head of Policy at Alzheimer's Research UK and Jane Ward, Alzheimer's Society Research Network volunteer. Watch the session back.
- Session 2: Focusing on early detection and care research (29th April 2021,1.40pm)
You can register to tune into this session which will include our own Director of Research and Influencing, Fiona Carragher, Professor John O'Brien, University of Cambridge, Professor Dame Louise Robinson, Newcastle University and Professor David Sharp, UK Dementia Research Institute.
- Session 3: Focusing on dementia prevention (20th May 2021)
- Session 4: Focusing on early career dementia researchers (27th May 2021)
We will share further information about panellists and how to join these sessions shortly.
The report following the inquiry and its recommendations will then be put to Government, with the hope that they will be implemented, and the additional funding brought forward.
Register to listen to the second inquiry session
Hear more from our panellists on the current state of dementia research with a focus on early detection and care research.