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World Dementia Council publishes statement of purpose

Friday 30 May 2014

The World Dementia Council published its statement of purpose, on 30 May, setting out an ambitious 10 year plan, with the aim of “mobilising a global assault on dementia, in the way we attacked HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 90s” by working on “accurate and early diagnosis, effective treatment and better care and support.”

“We believe current research and development is not making sufficiently rapid
progress…the current ratio of risk to reward in dementia research and development is not attractive to investors. The lead times are long and the chances of failure are very high. We need to change that equation”

Members of the Council come from different backgrounds and different
nations but are united in their passion “to make an urgent and fundamental
breakthrough in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with dementia.”

“We will speak freely and clearly as to what we believe needs to change. We will be radical in our thinking, but always based on the best evidence and sound science.”

The Council encourages responses to its statement of purpose.