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Dementia research funding to be prioritised

Dementia research is being prioritised from March, Paul Burstow, the Care Services Minister, will announce.

The Minister will say that he wants more of the billion pound research budget to be spent on dementia research. He is speaking at an event of more than 350 researchers and professionals. The announcement is the first action to come out of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Dementia Research.

Alzheimer's Society comment:

'Dementia research is desperately underfunded so it is encouraging to hear that bids for dementia researchers will be prioritised. We now need to see these promises become a reality. 750,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. In just 15 years a million people will be living with the condition. The dementia research budget must rise if we are to move forward in our understanding of this devastating condition.'

Dr Susanne Sorensen
Head of Research
Alzheimer's Society