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The Policy and Public Affairs Team is responsible for influencing public policy on dementia research. We campaign on issues that will make a difference to people with dementia, for example our Dementia 2010 report highlighted the scale of the dementia challenge in the UK and the lack of government funding for dementia research. As a result dementia is moving up the political agenda and this government has pledged to double dementia research funding to £66m by 2015. But, we believe there is still a long way to go before dementia research will be getting its fair share of funding and offer real hope for people with dementia, so we are using our position on the government’s  Dementia Challenge Research Champion Group and future campaigns to call for ambitious long term action to address this urgent challenge.

The policy team is:

  • Kirsty Marais
  • Katy Riddick
  • Clare van Lynden
  • Susan Mitchell
  • Emily Cook.

The top 5 issues that will impact dementia research in 2018

As the dust from 2017 begins to settle (and all those mince pies settle firmly on our midsections), the new year is already moving full steam ahead. 2018 promises to be just as busy as last year, and likely with as many changes in the political scene, some directly affecting dementia research. Amid these, Alzheimer’s […]






Navigating the Industrial Strategy: How government can make dementia a priority

This post is part of a series on the Industrial Strategy. In a push forward for the government’s Industrial Strategy, a new white paper released last week (27 November) may hold some keys to unlock future dementia treatments. In “Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain fit for the future“, the Government gives emphasis to meeting the […]






US study highlights potential challenges for future dementia treatments

A study of the US healthcare system released yesterday says the current structure is insufficient to quickly deliver future treatments for people living with dementia. Although the US and UK health systems are inherently different, this review of the American system is a reminder of the need within our own health system to prepare for […]






Could your health data help power dementia research?

The power of medical data took centre stage at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London yesterday, as delegates heard from Prof Sir Simon Lovestone about some inspiring studies that are helping to bring real insights to our understanding of dementia. Prof Lovestone, one of the Lead Academic Scientists at our Oxford Drug Discovery Institute, […]






Election countdown: will you help us #campaignfordementia?

In every general election, particular issues of the day will always feature heavily in the debate, and as Britain prepares to vote on 8 June, it’s inevitable that Brexit negotiations will dominate the campaign. But our next government will also be able to influence a range of other important issues, including the future of dementia […]






The Dementia Challenge five years on

It’s now five years to the day that the first Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge was launched, setting in motion a comprehensive government plan to tackle dementia. In March 2012, David Cameron detailed an intention to increase research funding, improve dementia care and create a national movement to spread awareness about the condition. So how have […]






NHS England’s budget impact test: what it means for dementia

From this month, new measures will come into force that will change the way new treatments are introduced on the NHS in England. You may have seen media reports about the change, and heard that a number of organisations, including Alzheimer’s Research UK, have raised concerns about the measure. So what exactly is happening – […]