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Alzheimer's body criticises lack of research funding

Alzheimer's body criticises lack of research funding
13th March 2008

The chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust has hit out at the lack of funding that goes into Alzheimer's projects compared with other diseases – such as cancer.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Rebecca Wood said that Alzheimer's research receives approximately three per cent of the funding that cancer research does – despite the two conditions affecting similar amounts of people.

Ms Wood attributed the lack of funds donated to the condition to peoples' perception of it as a "normal part of aging" rather than a brain disease.

"But it also affects younger people; 15,000 people in the UK have it under the age of 65," she added

"We are all getting older, we expect to have a healthy, happy old age and we are all moving into the at risks groups, the above 65s and the big risks."

Ms Wood's comments followed the announcement that author Terry Pratchett has pledged £500,000 to help fund research into the condition.

Also speaking to the Today programme, Mr Pratchett, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's, stated that he hoped a combination of lifestyle changes and drugs that help ease the condition for sufferers will be found in the future.

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