Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has welcomed a commitment in the Conservatives’ election manifesto, released today, to invest in dementia research. The charity is calling on other political parties to make similar commitments to ensure efforts to defeat dementia remain a priority in the next parliament.
Dr Matthew Norton, Director of Policy and Strategy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“It’s encouraging to see a commitment to dementia research investment in today’s manifesto, and we would urge all parties to make a similar pledge to ensure action against our greatest medical challenge. We also welcome recognition of the importance of the life sciences sector to the UK economy and commitment to take forward recommendations from the Accelerated Access Review. This will be vital for ensuring that people with dementia can benefit from future dementia treatments as soon as possible.
“It will be essential to see the detail of this commitment: with the government’s plan of action on dementia due for review next year, there is a real opportunity to scale up our ambition for research. Dementia is already the leading cause of death in England and Wales, and research suggests deaths from the condition will quadruple by 2040 if urgent action is not taken. With no treatments currently able to stop or slow the diseases that cause dementia, it’s vital that future investment in research matches the scale of this immense challenge.”