Today's Top Alzheimer's News
December 11, 2013
UK to double dementia research spending by 2025, Alzheimer's research participants needed, and the man who helped discover the Ebola virus calls on world leaders to respond to dementia crisis (read more).
- A December 11, 2013 BBC News (UK) article reported that "The UK will aim to double its annual funding for dementia research to £132m by 2025, up from the 2015 target of £66m, David Cameron has said." According to the article, "Ahead of the meeting, Mr Cameron called on government, industry and charities all to commit more funding. He said government would boost annual research funding from £66m, the 2015 pledge, to £132m, which will be adjusted for inflation, by 2025."
- A December 11, 2013 The Roanoke Times (VA) opinion piece by Sue Friedman urged readers to participate in Alzheimer's research studies. According to Friedma, "If more individuals participate in research trials and studies, we can get answers faster, get closer to finding better treatments and one day a cure for Alzheimer’s. Exploring clinical trial options on your own can be a steep mountain to climb."
- A December 10, 2013 The Guardian (UK) article reported that microbiologist Peter Piot, who helped discover the Ebola virus, challenged world leaders to launch a global response to dementia. According to Piot, "There's not enough awareness of how bad the problem is."
Research and science
- A December 10, 2013 Reuters article reported that "Merck & Co said it will begin two late-stage trials of its experimental Alzheimer's drug, one of the industry's best hopes for slowing the memory-robbing disease, after an independent monitoring board reviewed its safety and recommended that more patients be recruited for studies."