Alzheimer's Research UK Welcomes Tory Pledge To Invest In Dementia Research

Published: May 18, 2017

Alzheimer's Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has welcomed a commitment in the Conservatives’ election manifesto, released today, to invest in dementia research. The charity is calling on other political parties to make similar commitments to ensure efforts to defeat dementia remain a priority in the next parliament.

Dr Matthew Norton, Director of Policy and Strategy at Alzheimer's Research UK, said:

“It’s encouraging to see a commitment to dementia research investment in today’s manifesto, and we would urge all parties to make a similar pledge to ensure action against our greatest medical challenge. We also welcome recognition of the importance of the life sciences sector to the UK economy and commitment to take forward recommendations from the Accelerated Access Review. This will be vital for ensuring that people with dementia can benefit from future dementia treatments as soon as possible.

“It will be essential to see the detail of this commitment: with the government’s plan of action on dementia due for review next year, there is a real opportunity to scale up our ambition for research. Dementia is already the leading cause of death in England and Wales, and research suggests deaths from the condition will quadruple by 2040 if urgent action is not taken. With no treatments currently able to stop or slow the diseases that cause dementia, it’s vital that future investment in research matches the scale of this immense challenge.”

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For further information, or to arrange an interview, contact Kirsty Marais, Communications Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK on 0300 111 5 666, 07826 559233 or email press@alzheimersresearchuk.org

Notes to editors:

• Our animation “What is dementia?” explains the essentials of dementia and the diseases that cause it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HobxLbPhrMc

• Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading charity specialising in finding preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia.

• To help us defeat dementia, donate today by visiting www.alzheimersresearchuk.org or calling 0300 111 5555.

• We are currently supporting dementia research projects worth over £27 million in leading Universities across the UK.

• Our Defeat Dementia campaign, a pledge to raise £100 million in five years to grow the research field and accelerate progress towards new treatments and preventions, was announced by David Cameron at the G8 legacy event on 19 June 2014. For more information visit www.dementiablog.org/defeat-dementia

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