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Dementia Research

– in the Scottish Parliament on 24th September 2015.

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Photo of Roderick Campbell Roderick Campbell Scottish National Party

To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government is doing to assist research into dementia. (S4F-02962)

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government remains strongly committed to supporting research into dementia. The Scottish dementia research community is playing a significant role in the global effort to find a cure or a major disease-modifying treatment for one of our foremost public health challenges. The Scottish Government’s support includes funding the Scottish dementia clinical research network to bring dementia clinical trials to Scotland and engaging with third sector organisations, such as Alzheimer’s Research UK, to co-fund research that will improve the understanding of the causes of dementia.

Photo of Roderick Campbell Roderick Campbell Scottish National Party

According to Dr Matthew Norton, who is head of policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK,

“Research has the power to transform lives, and our actions now will help determine the future for children born today

.”

I am grateful for the First Minister’s comments, but can she advise what further assistance the Scottish Government can provide to progress research in Scotland and, indeed, internationally into this devastating disease?

The First Minister:

The collaborative research project with Alzheimer's Research UK is progressing well, and the Scottish Government currently provides funding of £486,000 a year for the Scottish dementia clinical research network to provide infrastructure support for clinical dementia studies in Scotland. More generally, investment through the chief scientist office means that Scotland-based dementia researchers have access to a wide range of research funding opportunities. The support that is provided by the Scottish Government will help to maintain our position as a leading centre for research into dementia, The Scottish Government will continue to do everything that we can to support that.