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Millions awarded for Global Health Research into dementia

Experts in ageing have been awarded £2 million from the Department of Health to focus on dementia care and prevention on a global scale.

The Newcastle University group receives the funding for Global Health Research from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with the aim of improving the health of patients and public in low and middle-income countries.

Louise Robinson, Director of Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing and Professor of Primary Care and Ageing, is leading the specialist team.

Health priority

Dementia, a health priority around the world, has a disproportionately large impact on low and middle-income families. In the absence of a cure, and without a future strategy to reduce the risk and improve care after a diagnosis, dementia will have a devastating societal and economic effect.  

The Newcastle University team will bring together expertise in public health and primary care, with global epidemiological research, to create a NIHR Global Health Research Group on dementia prevention and enhanced care.

Professor Robinson said: “With age the biggest risk factor for dementia, the world's rapidly ageing populations make dementia a global challenge for all.

“Establishing a NIHR global health group on dementia care and prevention provides us with a fabulous opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues in middle and lower middle-income countries – such as  Malaysia, Tanzania and India - to develop global, as opposed to national solutions to the dementia challenge.”

For the full article please visit the Newcastle University website.

Published on 14th July 2017

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