Expert predicts Alzheimer's breakthrough 'within a decade'

Any one of a handful of Alzheimer's drugs in the late stages of development could deliver a breakthrough for the disease within the next decade, a leading expert believes.

Professor Simon Lovestone, from the Institute of Psychiatry, told the annual Alzheimer’s Research Trust conference in central London yesterday that the next five or 10 years could see a breakthrough in the development of treatments for Alzheimer’s.

‘There are 10 or 11 drugs that are in late stage clinical trials, as well as 70-80 more drugs in early stage development.

‘There is a good chance that one of these drugs will work.’

But Professor John Hardy, from the Institute of Neurology at University College London, warned that a lack of commitment and funding for dementia research along with high levels of bureaucracy could slow down the development of new Alzheimer’s drugs.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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