Finding a cure for dementia has often been likened to putting a man on the moon. As with NASA’s Apollo program in the 1960s, dementia research has an achievable goal, but we need a huge, combined effort to get there.
As part of their election manifesto, the Conservative party pledged to launch a ‘Dementia Moonshot’, doubling research funding to £160million and speeding up trials for new treatments.
This has given renewed hope to people affected by dementia. Now we need to see action to deliver on those commitments.
That’s why Alzheimer’s Research UK has put together a spending plan, identifying the most ambitious and promising research avenues, and gaps in knowledge, where urgent investment is needed.
Our Delivering the Dementia Moonshot report outlines six steps government must take to help us deliver on the ambition of finding a life-changing treatment for dementia. These are:
Government investment in research into other diseases, such as cancer and HIV, has delivered transformative change for people living with those conditions. We want to see the same for people affected by dementia.
You can help us call on the government to deliver the ‘Dementia Moonshot’ by emailing your MP. Use our template email to outline our main priorities. And please help spread the word on social media by letting people know you’ve done it.
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