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Alzheimer’s Society gives £1.7m to dementia research

Alzheimer’s Society has announced today that it has committed almost £1.7m to Newcastle University, as part of its biggest single investment in dementia care research.

The record £1,680,224 grant, which will be awarded over five years, will enable expert researchers at the University to create a ‘Centre of Excellence’ focusing on key priority areas within dementia care research.

And the funding will also boost the number of researchers working in dementia care, with the aim of making the UK a world leader in the field.

Pioneering centre

Newcastle University is one on of three pioneering ‘Centres of Excellence’ to be created nationwide with the help of grants of up to £2m, the others being the University of Exeter and University College London. However, Alzheimer’s Society hopes to establish more in the future.

There are an estimated 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK – 35,000 of them in the North East – and this number is expected to exceed one million by 2021.

The need to provide good care for those affected, therefore, is urgent. However, current care practices are not always at the standard people with dementia deserve, with many experiencing issues such as poor support after a diagnosis.

Dementia care research ensures that people who are affected by dementia today are able to receive the highest standard of care. However, the number of researchers specialising in dementia care is too low.

Alzheimer’s Society’s unique investment will allow more researchers to address some of the most pressing issues in dementia care research and put the UK on track to be a world leader in providing the best care possible for people with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society Head of Research Development, Colin Capper, said: “Dementia is set to the 21st century’s biggest killer and there is currently no cure. People living with dementia have the right to the best possible care.

For the full article please visit the Newcastle University website.

Published on 20th June 2017

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