Global organisations unite to change brain health and dementia landscape
Three leading organisations have joined forces to address the growing public health crisis of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI), the Alzheimer’s Association US, and UK-based Alzheimer’s Society have united to support emerging leaders in brain health and dementia through a competitive funding programme - The Pilot Awards for Global Brain Health Leaders.
The awards will fund early research projects intended to discover prevention strategies and improve care and support for people around the world living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. They are targeted to outstanding researchers and professionals whose activities are set to have real world impact.
Dr James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Society, which part-funded the initiative, said:
'We know people affected by dementia often don’t receive the good quality end of life care they have a right to, which is why we’re funding these important innovative projects.
'Alzheimer’s Society is proud to unite with the Global Brain Health Institute to award funding to exceptional dementia researchers. This programme nurtures new leaders in the global research challenge of dementia – investigating all aspects from cause and risk to improving care. Their research will benefit people affected by dementia around the world, and we are excited our two UK-based researchers in this programme are shining a light on new ways to improve end of life dementia care.'
There are estimated to be 50 million people in the world affected by dementia in 2018, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International statistics. This number is set to rise to 152 million by 2050. Much of the increase will occur in developing countries.