Ahead of the Spending Review, Lisa Cameron MP joined Alzheimer’s Research UK for a virtual meeting to show her support for dementia research. The aim of the meeting was to discuss how Lisa and Alzheimer’s Research UK can work together to ensure the government deliver on their manifesto promise to double funding for dementia research, known as the Dementia Moonshot.
In the UK nearly 1 million people are living with dementia, and it is one of the leading causes of death. We all know someone affected by dementia. It has a devastating impact on individuals and their loved ones.
Not only does dementia cause harm and heartbreak to millions of families, but it is also placing huge strain on our health and social care system. The economic cost to the UK of caring for people with dementia is estimated to grow from £24bn in 2014 to £59bn by 2050.
Historic global underinvestment means that while dementia research is making progress, it still lags far behind research into other major conditions. The additional investment provided by the Dementia Moonshot, could transform dementia research in the UK and even help to find a life-changing treatment.
“I was delighted to meet with Alzheimer’s Research UK to show my support for their work to help find preventions, treatments and, one day, a cure for dementia.
“An estimated 1362 people are living with dementia in East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow having a devastating impact on them and their families.
“It is vital that we increase investment in dementia research to help make the progress needed to end the fear, harm and heartbreak caused by dementia.”
David Thomas, Head of Policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, added: “A big thank you to Lisa Cameron MP for taking the time to meet with us and support dementia research ahead of the Spending Review.
“Dementia is one of the biggest global health crises we face. In 2019, the government made a manifesto promise to double funding for dementia research to £160m a year and speed up progress in clinical trials. Now is the time to deliver on this pledge.
“The response to COVID-19 has shown us what science can achieve with increased investment and momentum. And we’re confident that, with the right support, we can make the life-changing breakthroughs that are so needed for people with dementia.”