Leading voices from the field of dementia research met for the first time yesterday (February 24th) to highlight the need to drive up the volume and quality of work relating to the issue.
Care services minister Phil Hope said that dementia is one of the top issues the UK faces as the population ages, while research is key to developing treatment, the transformation of care and the ultimate discovery of a cure.
He explained that the country is investing a huge amount into health research, yet not enough dementia researchers are putting quality proposals forward in order to get the funding.
"I want to see more dementia research winning funding," Mr Hope concluded. "That's why we will be looking at how we can help scientists up the ante and get access to the money they need to carry out research that could change someone's life."
Around 820,000 people in the UK have dementia, according to recent research by the Alzheimer's Research Trust.
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