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Where is the cure for Alzheimer's?

27th January 2010

Rebecca Wood, Chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, argues that only lack of funds is holding back UK researchers from finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.


There are a range of items associated with increasing or decreasing Alzheimer’s or dementia risk, from curry to tofu.

And quite often there is something in these claims of reducing that risk.

Some accounts in the media often oversimplify the research but what is positive is that these stories are being reported, demonstrating that Alzheimer’s is no longer being ignored.

With this openness is a lobby for more funding to be allocated to research into dementia.

In the past greater openness emerged about cancer, giving the disease sufficient standing on the agenda to attract the kind of attention and research funding that has brought about the treatments now benefitting countless people.

Dementia now needs to see that shift as in the UK we have some of the world’s most influential scientists in the field of dementia research.

Only lack of funds holds us back at a time that the 700,000 people in the UK with dementia is set to double over the coming decades.

The public recognises the need for such investment; now the government needs convincing.

But dementia costs the UK £17 billion a year, more than cancer and heart disease combined and within 30 years that will be £50 billion.

Investment can transform UK dementia research and help us tap into our scientists’ potential to find treatments that may be just around the corner.

The Alzheimer's Research Trust is behind the scientists' but public money is needed to defeat dementia once and for all.


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