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Tuesday 25th October 2016

Funding for dementia projects made available

21st December 2012

Ministers have stepped up funding to boost dementia diagnosis and trial new treatments.

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The Department of Health has made £22 million available to 21 pioneering research projects with the funding, awarded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), designed to cover all areas of scientific activity relevant to dementia ranging from care, cure and cause.

The aim is to drive forward breakthrough in prevention and treatment, said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

“The UK has a firm ambition to become a world leader in dementia research,” he added.

“It is home to some of the world’s best dementia researchers and specialist research facilities, and this Government is committed to supporting them.

“To make a real difference to research, Government must respond to the barriers the industry faces. It is vital that we can translate the excellent work happening in our laboratories across the country into treatments that can help people live well with dementia today, whilst ultimately working towards finding a cure.”

Projects which look set to benefit from funding include: trialling the blood pressure drug Losartan to complement current treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease; supporting the UK’s first ever trial to measure how much longer people with dementia can live safely and independently in their own homes, when they are provided with a specialised telecare technology package; and a trial to speed up and improve up diagnosis rates for dementia with Lewy Bodies, which accounts for up to 20% of all cases, yet only one in three are actually diagnosed.


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