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£250m has been pledged towards the UK’s first ever Dementia Research Institute (DRI), as Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK have recently both pledged £50m investment recently (1 May 2016). Announced by the PM in his Challenge on Dementia 2020 last year, the DRI has been backed by £150m of government investment. It will bring together scientists & experts from across the globe to transform the landscape of dementia research and firmly secure the UK’s reputation as a world leader in R&D against these devastating diseases.
Set to be fully up & running by 2020, the Institute will have a central UK hub with a network of regional centres and is expected to engage hundreds of scientists. It will focus on the innovative, discovery science needed to unlock our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the development & progression of the dementias. This research will help to drive new approaches to diagnosis, treatment, care provision and ultimately prevention of the disease