Campaigning for investment in dementia research
With over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today and that number set to rise to 1 million by 2026, research has never been more important, yet it’s been chronically underfunded for many years. We are campaigning to make sure that dementia research gets the funding it needs.
In recent years, momentum has driven dementia research forward due to efforts by funders like us. Alzheimer’s Society supports ground-breaking research to develop new treatments for dementia, understand how it may be prevented and improve the care that people affected by dementia receive today.
But dementia research has been hit hard by the pandemic.
On average, medical research charities saw a 40% fall in research investment during 2020/21.
People with dementia have already been the worst hit by the pandemic, and we must work hard to bring them hope of new treatments and better care for today and for the future.
Now more than ever, we need to invest in dementia research. Together, we can keep up the pressure on government to ensure that proper funding is available to kickstart crucial research.
What are we asking for?
- We are supporting the Association of Medical Research Charities’ vital campaign to ensure that medical research charities are provided with financial support by the Government so we can continue our vital work.
- We are calling on the Government to commit to their pledge to double investment in dementia research funding made in 2019. Since then, we have seen no action to make this a reality.
- Early career researchers, who are the future generation of dementia research experts and leaders, have seen a significant fall in their funding opportunities. We must ensure steps are taken to support them to continue their vital work.