Dementia research 'needs tripling'

Funding for dementia research needs to be tripled to remedy years of underinvestment, researchers have warned in an open letter to the government.

‘For every pound spent on dementia care, a fraction of a penny is spent on research into defeating the condition,' the letter said. ‘Our key weakness is lack of funding, not lack of talent.'

The researchers have called on the government to use this week's ministerial summit on dementia to initiate a national dementia research strategy.

Dementia research funding needs to be tripled to £96m within five years, the letter said. ‘If the government squanders this opportunity, we will all pay the price,' it adds.

The letter was signed by 31 scientists involved with Alzheimer's research, including Professor Julie Williams, chief scientific advisor to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, and Professor Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer's Society.

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