Today (Wednesday 11 December 2013) leaders from the G8 nations met to develop a co-ordinated plan to tackle dementia. A communiqué has been issued from the summit.
Among the announcements, the G8 has committed to identify a cure or a disease-modifying therapy for dementia by 2025 and to increase the amount of funding for dementia research. To ensure delivery, legacy events will be held including an event exploring social impact investment in the UK. A full copy of the communiqué can be downloaded on the government's website.
Alzheimer's Society comment
'Today the UK has demonstrated global leadership on tackling dementia. We have committed to a global plan, better support for people with dementia through research and the Prime Minister has agreed to narrow the funding gap between dementia and cancer research - something we have long campaigned for. Charities will play an important role in making this happen and today, Alzheimer's Society has pledged a minimum of £100 million over the next decade to dementia research.
'Dementia has come out of the shadows and is centre stage - but we must ensure G8 has a lasting legacy. The governments' have all committed to updating progress on research biannually, but every month counts for the millions of people living with dementia worldwide.'
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