U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said the government’s ambition is to double public, commercial and charitable spending on research and development into dementia by 2025.
Cameron, who was due to return to London after the funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela yesterday, plans to attend a meeting of health officials from the Group of Eight nations in London today to coordinate their responses to dementia.
“If we are to beat dementia, we must also work globally with nations, business and scientists from all over the world working together as we did with cancer, and with HIV and AIDS,” Cameron said.
The U.K. government spent 52 million pounds ($85.4 million) on dementia in 2012-13 and has committed to spend as much as 66 million pounds by 2015, Cameron’s office said in an e-mailed statement.
Nick Fox, a professor of neurology at University College London, set a more ambitious timetable for increased research spending on dementia.
“We should be asking the G-8 to double the spending on dementia research within five years,” Fox said at a news conference in London on Dec. 4. The G-8 are the U.K., U.S., Germany, France, Canada, Italy, Russia and Japan.
The Medical Research Council will invest 50 million pounds to better understand how dementia affects the brain, improve early detection and find better treatments to delay the disease’s progression, according to the statement from Cameron’s office. A new research collaboration known as the U.K. Dementia Platform will enable researchers and scientists in the public and private sectors to share data.
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