Route Map gives new priority to dementia research

Published 28 June 2011

Up to £20 million will be spent on four National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Units over the next five years, Paul Burstow, Care Services Minister announced today.

The commitment forms part of a Route Map for Dementia Research based on evidence collected by the Ministerial Advisory Group on Dementia Research (MAGDR). Other commitments include a 10 per cent increase in Medical Research Council funding for neurodegenerative research to £150 million over the next four years and boosts in the number of experts in the dementia field through new Academic Clinical Fellowships.

Alzheimer's Society comment:

'Today's Route Map provides the opportunity of a generation to not only transform the face of dementia research but also to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with dementia. Without research we cannot improve care, develop treatments or move closer to a cure so it is great to see action being taken to put dementia on the right path.

There are 750,000 people with dementia and this number is expected to hit a million within 10 years. Alzheimer's Society will do everything it can to support today's calls using its own research programme and by working in partnership with the NIHR and others.'

Professor Clive Ballard
Director of Research
Alzheimer's Society
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