Number of research participants soared to 22,000 during last year as Downing Street aims to find a cure or disease modifying therapy by 2025
The government’s ambition to find a cure for dementia by 2025 has been boosted by a big rise in people volunteering to take part in groundbreaking research studies.
During the last year, almost 22,000 people have taken part in research studies to tackle the condition – a 60% rise – according to figures from the National Institute for HealthResearch.
The increased participation in 100 dementia research projects across the UK will boost scientists in their bid to find new treatments to prevent, treat and eventually cure the illness.
Research projects include testing whether antibiotics slow cognitive decline, investigating the role of the immune system in dementia, identifying genetic risk factors and improving end of life care for people with dementia.
George Freeman, minister for life sciences, said: “Dementia is a devastating condition that can have a significant impact on the lives of those affected and their families.
“Volunteers are essential to our battle against the disease and I’m delighted that so many people – with and without dementia – are coming forward to participate in ground-breaking new trials.
“There is still a long way to go, but with their help we hope to find a cure or disease modifying therapy by 2025. The race is on.”