Team to get share of £22 million for new dementia research
A MEDICAL team in Bristol is one of 21 to be awarded new government funding for dementia research.
North Bristol NHS Trust will get a share of £22million of Government funding to undertake projects to boost dementia diagnosis rates and trial potentially ground-breaking treatments.
The Department of Heath announced today that a team at the trust, which runs Southmead and Frenchay hospitals, will carry out a project known as the RADAR trial.
Radar stands for Reducing pathology in Alzheimer's Disease through Angiotensin TaRgetting. Angiotensin is a hormone that can affect blood pressure.
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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was due to give more details on the national programme today, emphasising the role of medical research in making breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of dementia, whilst ensuring that research can help people with dementia live well with the condition today.
The funding is from the National Institute of Health Research and is designed to cover all areas of scientific activity relevant to dementia.
Mr Hunt said: "The UK has a firm ambition to become a world leader in dementia research. It is home to some of the world's best dementia researchers and specialist research facilities, and this Government is committed to supporting them.
"To make a real difference to research, Government must respond to the barriers the industry faces. It is vital that we can translate the excellent work happening in our laboratories across the country into treatments that can help people live well with dementia today, whilst ultimately working towards finding a cure."
More than 670,000 people in England are currently diagnosed with forms of dementia and the figure is set to double in the next 30 years, with major knock-on effects for the NHS.
Alzheimer's Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said: "Dementia is the greatest health and social care challenge of our time and defeating it needs to be a priority for society.
"As it stands, there are currently more clinical trials into hay fever than there are into some of the most common forms of dementia."