Dementia research boosted by surge in volunteers

13 August 2015


The BBC has today reported that there has been a surge in the number of people volunteering to help with medical research into dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society stated that volunteers taking part in studies are an essential part of working towards developing a cure.

Almost 22,000 people are currently taking part in 100 studies. The National Institute for Health Research has reported a 60% increase in people signing up in the last year.

Volunteers both with dementia and without the condition are required for ongoing research and could sign up easily via the new Join Dementia Research Service. Visit the Join Dementia Service website.

Studies include:

  • Investigating how our DNA affects the risk of getting dementia
  • Whether antibiotics can be used to keep the brain going
  • Testing the role of the immune system in developing dementia
  • How to improve care for patients

Life sciences minister George Freeman said: “Volunteers are essential to our battle against the disease and I am delighted that so many people, with and without dementia, are coming forward to participate in ground-breaking new trials.

There is still a long way to go, but with their help we hope to find a cure or disease-modifying therapy by 2025. The race is on.”

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