MRC dementia research project will cover two million people

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 23 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4183
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The UK government has declared its backing for a global “fight back against dementia,” as a series of research and funding initiatives to develop new treatments was unveiled at an international conference in London on dementia.

One leading expert warned the conference that poor countries, which can expect to see the biggest growth in the incidence of dementia, must receive fair access to any “game changing” drugs and more investment in community services.

A £16m (€20m; $27m) dementia research project, led by the Medical Research Council, was announced to coincide with the global dementia legacy event on 19 June. The UK Dementias Research Platform is a public-private partnership bringing together industry expertise and investigation teams from eight UK universities that aims to accelerate progress in the early detection, improved treatment, and prevention of dementias. It plans to create the “world’s largest population study” for use in dementia research, bringing together two million participants aged ≥50 from 22 existing study groups in the UK.

Scientists will look to identify better biological and cognitive measures (biomarkers) of the key changes associated with …

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