Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dementia Funding Welcomed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dementia Funding Welcomed

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Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk

AGEING experts in the North East have welcomed the Government's announcement that it will double its annual funding for dementia research.

David Cameron has stressed the importance of achieving scientific breakthroughs in order to slow down, or even prevent, the onset of the debilitating brain condition now believed to afflict 36m people around the world. The Prime Minister says he wants the UK Government investment in dementia research to double from PS66m in 2015 to PS122m in 2025, with similar increases from the commercial and charitable sectors. David Burn, Prof of Movement Disorder Neurology and Director of Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University, said: "The Government's announcement is a great boost to dementia research. We all need to step up to the plate and come up with new drugs and treatments to benefit patients with dementia.

"This will come about through good science, good research, and possibly a bit of luck too in terms of discoveries. …

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