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Our petition at No. 10 – thanks to you!

Emily Cook

This year you helped us achieve an incredible feat – almost 35,000 signatures asking for more funding for dementia research. Alzheimer’s Research UK celebrated Dementia Action Week at the Prime Minister’s Office at 10 Downing Street. We were joined by television presenter and mathematician, Rachel Riley, and two of our committed supporters to hand over […]

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How the Dementia Access Taskforce is breaking through barriers for future treatments

Melody Paton Borchardt

It’s a year today since Alzheimer’s Research UK launched the Dementia Access Taskforce. The first-of-its-kind partnership brings together charities, researchers, pharmaceutical companies, government and people impacted by dementia. The group works to ensure early and accurate diagnosis is available and to prepare so future treatments reach people quickly. Last year, we looked at the challenges […]

Landmark funding to transform early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementias

Hilary Evans

Today we’re welcoming a game-changing announcement for dementia research – a government-led boost of up to £79m for research into the early detection of diseases. The programme will bring together the NHS, industry, leading charities including Alzheimer’s Research UK, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. On the day when the World Dementia Council […]

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Five years on from the G8 Dementia Summit: what have we achieved?

Kirsty Marais

It’s been five years since world leaders gathered to develop an action plan for dementia. The G8 Dementia Summit resulted in a global ambition to find a cure or disease-modifying treatment for dementia by 2025 – so what progress are we making towards that goal? What was the G8 Dementia Summit? In December 2013, then […]

The Budget on balance for dementia research

Melody 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

Katy Stubbs

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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