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Welcome. Rebecca Wood Chief Executive. Welcome. Alzheimer’s Research UK. Alzheimer’s Research UK . UK’s leading dementia research charity. Second only to Medical Research Council for research funding We have over £20m invested over 140 projects. Why our work matters.

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Rebecca WoodChief Executive

alzheimer s research uk1
Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • UK’s leading dementia research charity. Second only to Medical Research Council for research funding
  • We have over £20m invested over 140 projects
why our work matters
Why our work matters
  • Dementia is the great medical challenge of our time
  • Over 820,000 people affected
  • Rapid progress, but still too much we don’t know
  • Funding remains far behind other diseases
  • Population ageing and economic impact
our research
Our research
  • Dementia is not inevitable - Research can beat it
  • Diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure
  • New strategy
research progress
Research progress
  • UK research is amongst best in world
  • Current drugs, Genetic understanding, Detection
  • Funds and attention improving – PM Challenge
dementia challenge
Dementia Challenge
  • Improving Research
  • Double research funding to £66m by 2015
one year review
One year review
  • £22 million - 21 new projects through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • £4.5m from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to evaluate existing drugs and potential benefits for people with dementia
  • Additional support from MRC for Brain Banking + renewed commitments from Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society
  • Push to increase participation in research through DeNDRoN
  • ESRC planning grant of up to £13m; impressed by the quality of the work
  • Prime minister plans to engage G8 on research, sharing leadership.

• Research Champions are being consulted about key areas. ARUK is keen to address data exclusivity.

Evington Catalyst

  • This group set up by Jan Hall to engage business leaders and considering the global picture.

Future priorities

  • Monitor progress on dementia challenge
  • All parties commit investment to dementia research ‘Manifestos 2015’ and new strategy for post-2015
  • Increase engagement in dementia research – public, carers and patients
  • New treatments – encourage collaboration in pharma, academia
be the difference
Be the difference
  • Research needs you!
  • Support studies
  • Clinical trials - help develop next generation of drugs
  • Share your experiences of careor accessing services




NICRN (Dementia)

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