Alzheimer's disease has been named as a priority by the Council of the European Union, it has emerged.
The Council has acknowledged that Alzheimer's - and other neurodegenerative diseases - represents a significant challenge to the continent, Alzheimer Europe has said.
Among a number of proposed measures, the body has called for greater levels of cooperation in research into neurodegenerative conditions.
Jean Georges, executive director of Alzheimer Europe, said it is the first time that the body has made such a clear announcement on the need for greater research into Alzheimer's disease.
He continued: "We are delighted that our campaign to make dementia a European priority has been heard at the highest level and we offer our full collaboration in this important initiative."
Meanwhile the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust have revealed they are making up to £30 million available in the UK to fund new research into neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis.
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