BRACE Alzheimer's Research
The BRACE Charity Office
In the UK, there are around 850,000 people living with dementia and one in three people over 65 will develop it. The cost to the UK economy is £26.3 billion, yet less than £74 million - or 0.28% of this cost - was spent on research in 2013. This exposes the staggering financial impact of dementia. It is without doubt one of the biggest public health and social care challenges facing us now and in the future. BRACE exists to defeat dementia. It is a small charity doing big things and for nearly three decades it has backed a cluster of world class dementia researchers first in Bristol and subsequently widened its reach to universities across the South West and South Wales including Bath, Exeter, Plymouth and Cardiff and Swansea. The beneficiaries of our work are people anywhere in the world who might one day develop dementia. Examples of BRACE’s funding success stories are manifold and the most recent received wide -spread press attention. Pump-priming dementia research funded by BRACE provided vital information relating to the actions of the blood pressure drug losartan in the brain – and this research directly led to the public funding of a £2 million clinical trial as part of the Prime Minister’s ‘Challenge On Dementia’. This is what makes BRACE distinctive - we will fund relatively small projects pursuing new and promising lines of inquiry. Research into unravelling the changes in brain function that lead to Alzheimer’s and related dementias - and how these may be prevented - remains woefully underfunded. For every £10 spent on dementia adult health and social care in the UK, just 8 pence is spent on the research to defeat it.