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Funding into dementia research ‘must be increased’

9th September 2010

Charity group Dementia UK has called for a major increase in the amount of funding allocated to research into neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's.

Ian Weatherhead, lead nurse for Dementia UK's Admiral Nursing Direct helpline, has raised concerns that resources allocated to dementia studies are "significantly lower" than those provided for physical conditions such as cancer.

He warned that this could result in the country being unable to cope with a disease which is estimated to cost the UK economic society more than 20 billion pounds per year.

Mr Weatherhead therefore called for an "urgent review and significant increases" for dementia funding in order to help manage the condition over the next 40 or 50 years.

"Increased funding into research to find causes and cures of Alzheimer's and other dementias is vital if we are to prevent a serious situation," he said.

According to research from the Alzheimer's Trust released earlier this year, more than 820,000 people in the UK are currently affected by the condition.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800058296-ADNFCR

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