Health: Dementia

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £66 million for research into dementia announced in the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia has been allocated; and what are the projects supported by that funding.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The combined value of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding for research into dementia will increase from £26.6 million in 2009-10 to an estimated £66.3 million in 2014-15.

Expenditure on dementia research over the next three years will support a range of research activity.

Four new NIHR biomedical research units in dementia are being funded for five years from April 2012:

National Health Service Organisation University Partner
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust University of Cambridge
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Newcastle University
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust King's College London Institute of Psychiatry
University College London Hospitals University College London

These research units and NIHR biomedical research centres which include dementia themed research will share their considerable resources and world leading expertise to improve treatment and care.

The NIHR has completed a £17 million call for applied health research on dementia, as part of the programme of work to push further and faster progress in the prevention, treatment and cure of dementia. A full list of successful research bids will be announced soon.

The ESRC and NIHR will be working together to support an initiative with up to £13 million funding available for social science research on dementia. The call for proposals will open in the week commencing 9 July and will fund national or international social science research in dementia which can make a significant contribution to scientific, economic and social impact.

Additional work will be supported by the funders depending on the volume and quality of applications received.

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