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The state of the art of dementia research: New frontiers

16 January 2019

State of mind

Are you aware that it has been over 40 years since there has been any real breakthrough in the fight against dementia?

There are 50 million people in the world with dementia, a global community around the size of of South Korea or Spain. About two thirds, have Alzheimer’s. Others have vascular dementia, mixed dementia, Lewy body dementia or frontotemporal degeneration (FTD). All of them have damage to the brain cells that can’t be reversed.

In Australia dementia is the leading cause of death for women and the 2nd leading cause of death for men. Alzheimer's Disease International proposes that, nationally, 1% of the societal cost of dementia should be devoted to funding research in: basic science, care improvements, prevention and risk reduction, drug development and public health.

Find out more about the disease and what increased funding could do to help find a cure.

What do you think of the state of dementia research?

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