Following David Cameron’s pledge last week to increase the UK’s efforts in dementia research, this week’s post features Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity who specialise in finding preventions, causes, treatments and a cure for dementia.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister pledged a new drive by the UK to discover new drugs and treatment that could slow down the onset of dementia or even deliver a cure by 2025. He tasked the Office for Life Sciences to bring forward proposals on topics such as patent extensions, earlier access to new drugs for patients, greater research collaboration and facilitating much high-levels of investment.

Alongside a £16 million public-private partnership announced by the Medical Research Council, involving the world’s largest study group for dementia, Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched their “Defeat Dementia” campaign, a major five year fundraising and investment drive to raise £100 million to fund a new phase of dementia research.

The following video from Alzheimer’s Research UK examines some of the genetic risk factors in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia.

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