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More help for dementia research

Scientists in the field of dementia research will get more help to access funding thanks to a new ministerial group, which will drive forward research into the causes, cure and care of dementia, Care Services Minister Phil Hope announced yesterday.

The new group, chaired by Phil Hope, will also focus on increasing the volume, quality and impact of dementia research.

It follows the government's Dementia Research Summit in July at which leading experts identified priority areas for dementia research. The priority areas, which ranged from basic biomedical science, to practical steps that could boost dementia research, will provide a basis for the group.

Care Services Minister Phil Hope said:

“A cure for cancer is traditionally seen as the Holy Grail of medical science. But in an ageing world where more and more of us will succumb to dementia, we need to view a cure for dementia in a similar light.

“Dementia is one of the most important issues we face as the population ages - it has been in the shadows for too long.

“This year we launched the first National Dementia Strategy and I want to build on that foundation. We invested £32 million in dementia research last year, but much more must be done to make the most of existing opportunities.

"Research is the key to developing new treatments, transforming care and ultimately finding a cure for this devastating condition. This new ministerial group will help drive change forward.”

Department of Health