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The Budget on balance for dementia research

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

On Monday 29 October the government will present the Budget statement to the House of Commons, laying out its spending plan for the upcoming year. This is the big announcement that helps to set budgets across departments, but this year’s statement likely won’t have a big impact on dementia research. Here’s why and the announcements […]

Breakthroughs for dad: Improving early diagnosis and hope for a cure

Sem Moema

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s new action plan for government lays out five key actions government can take to improve the lives of people with dementia and bring about a life-changing treatment. One of these goals focuses on improving early diagnosis and working to detect dementia before symptoms appear. Alzheimer’s Research UK supporter, Sem Moema, talks about […]

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Pressing for Progress: Women in Dementia Research

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a global day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. #adalovelaceday That includes the incredible female researchers helping to bring about the first life-changing treatments for dementia. In our 2015 report, we spoke of women as a ‘marginalised majority’, because, for women, dementia presents a ‘triple […]

Why government must act now to make breakthroughs possible

Hilary Evans

In the three years since we launched our Manifesto 2015-2020, which outlined five areas the government could improve to support dementia research, we have seen much success and growth. We’ve seen groundbreaking funding efforts from government, charities and industry help to drive investment in dementia research. We’ve seen the number of dementia researchers double, and […]

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Why don’t we think about brain health in the same way we think about heart health?

Dr Matthew Norton

This is a cross-post with the Royal Society for Public Health.   Although we haven’t seen any new treatments for dementia in over 15 years, there has been considerable progress in research to understand the underlying diseases. Recent developments in the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, including the development of molecular biomarkers of the disease, present […]

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Dementia is conspicuously absent from new NHS priorities

Hilary Evans

This is a cross-post with the Health Service Journal. It’s been a month of big announcements for the NHS: the commitment to a 3.4% annual budget increase, the development of a 10-year strategic plan, and new priorities laid out by leadership for both health and social care policy and NHS England. This will hopefully lead […]

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Meet Bev: the NHS as a 70-year-old woman

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

As the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday today, we’re reflecting on how the National Health Service has shaped and delivered medical advances and how it needs to adapt to the changing face of health today. With 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia today, a number expected to grow to 1 million by 2025 […]

Why I’ve been sharing my health data for over 70 years

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

We’re living in an era of big data that is influencing all aspects of our lives, but maybe our health most of all. From paper records kept in drawers at GP surgeries to creating networks of digital information that can be shared between GPs and hospitals, we are benefiting more than ever before from our […]

Prime Minister supports revolutionary early diagnosis effort

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

In an announcement made today, Prime Minister Theresa May outlined a new focus on early diagnosis of disease under the Grand Challenge on Artificial Intelligence in the Industrial Strategy. The Prime Minister announced an aim to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of a range of health conditions including dementia. In her speech, she […]

The 8 things we want the Challenge on Dementia to focus on

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

The Challenge on Dementia 2020 is a vital effort to bring together government, charities and other organisations to improve dementia care, build awareness, and strengthen dementia research. The Challenge laid out over 50 commitments in 2015 as part of an ongoing effort to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. This year, the Challenge […]