This report brings together 21 of the global leading lights in all areas of dementia research. Written by renowned journalist and broadcaster Christina Patterson (Time Magazine, The Guardian, The Sunday Times), this report tackles some of the complex questions surrounding dementia research. It looks at the hopes and frustrations and asks why there have been no major medical treatment breakthroughs for over 20 years.
The report looks at a broad cross section of research areas including basic science; diagnosis; drug discovery; risk reduction and epidemiology. With the continued absence of a disease modifying treatment, the report also features progress, innovation and developments in care research.
The report highlights an urgent need for increased and sustainable funding for dementia research. The global ratio of publications on neurodegenerative disorders, versus cancer, is an astonishing 1:12. Through this report Alzheimer’s Disease International is calling on governments to commit to a minimum of 1% of the societal cost of dementia to be dedicated to research. In 2018 the global societal cost is US$1 trillion.
A full list of interviewees can be found on page 46 of the report.