Dementia research funding to drive innovation in health and social care
22.09.16 Dementia research will be among the beneficiaries of what the government has billed as the “largest ever investment into health research.” Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a five-year funding package worth £816 million to health overall, of which £45 million has been earmarked for dementia research. Welcoming the initiative, Alzheimer’s Society said that the funding would allow vital collaboration between researchers and clinicians, helping to drive innovation in dementia health and social care. But in a new report Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) has warned of the pressures on the NHS which could create obstacles for the next wave of dementia treatments. The report, Treatments of Tomorrow: Preparing for breakthroughs in dementia, argues that the cost of new treatments and problems evidencing the impact of disease-modifying therapies in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease are issues to be tackled urgently to pave the way for scientific advances.