Scheme to improve dementia research

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Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A new scheme that makes it easier for people to take part in dementia research launches today.

It is hoped the new scheme, which allows anyone who wants to take part in studies to register online or over the phone, will boost much-needed participation in research into the condition, which affects more than 850,000 people in the UK.

A recent poll found that almost two thirds (62%) of the public would be willing to take part in dementia research, but more than four out of five (62%) did not know how to volunteer.

Fewer than 5% of people with dementia currently take part in research studies, Alzheimer’s Research UK said.

Join Dementia Research will connect people interested in research to suitable dementia studies across England, Scotland and Wales.

Anyone aged 18 years or over can sign themselves up, or do so on behalf of another, by visiting the website joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk or calling the helplines of Alzheimer’s Research UK on 0300 111 5 111 or the Alzheimer’s Society on 0300 222 1122.

The scheme has been developed as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020, which was announced on Saturday to tackle the ever-growing problem.

David Cameron said more than £300 million is to be spent by the Government on research while all NHS staff will have to undergo training in the condition.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “New research is desperately needed to help the growing numbers of people who live with dementia, which is why we’re doubling the size of the funding pot.

“This is an important initiative, and I encourage anyone who is interested to visit the website or call the charity helplines to find out more about how they can help us tackle dementia.”

Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, said: “This superb initiative was developed to help ensure we can meet the ambitious targets for recruitment to high-quality research studies, set by the Prime Minister in his challenge on dementia.

“Join Dementia Research is a potential pathfinder for other fields, showing how to boost patient and public participation in research.”

Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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