UK government to spend more on dementia research

| 14/01/2011

(UKPA) Experts in dementia are being urged to submit more bids for a slice of the Government’s £1 billion pot of research funding. Ministers have pledged to prioritise dementia research from March and are offering extra support to ensure proposals are high enough quality to pass independent scrutiny. Fewer research ideas are submitted for dementia than for some other diseases such as cancer, and ministers want to boost its profile. Expert advisory groups are working on identifying specific topics and improving the way proposals are submitted.

Care services minister Paul Burstow will invite proposals to the National Institute for Health Research for high quality studies on dementia care, cure, cause and prevention."As our population ages we need to better understand the disease if we are to counter its effects more successfully,” he said. “Research is the key to developing new treatments, transforming care and ultimately to finding a cure for this devastating disease.”
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