Dementia researchers receive govt backing

Dementia researchers receive govt backing

Dementia researchers have been given a boost as they have received government backing in their quest for more funding.

Minister of state for care services Phil Hope asked scientists studying dementia to bring forward grant applications as he suggested they should receive greater funding.

The UK's medical research budget currently stands at £1.7 billion for 2011.

Mr Hope was reacting to an open letter from the Alzheimer's Research Trust (ART), other charities and 30 leading scientists asking for triple the current amount of funding for research.

The ART's chief executive Rebecca Wood said: "We would like to see real commitment to arrest the forecast doubling of the number of people with dementia in the next generation.

"It still seems that the grave problem dementia poses to society is one the government is not in a hurry to solve."

The Alzheimer's Society estimates that the number of people in the UK living with dementia will exceed one million by 2025.