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Research funding: Forgotten promises

       

The government pledged to double dementia research spending—but where is the money?

In the 2019 Conservative Party election manifesto, Boris Johnson delighted ­­­science-minded voters with his promise to double research funding into dementia and speed up trials for treatments for the condition, which is one of the UK’s biggest health problems.

Based on funding levels between 2017 and 2018, this would have seen public spending on dementia research rise to around £160 million per year. But nearly two years and one pandemic later, researchers say they have not yet seen any sign of what the Conservatives announced would be a “dementia moonshot” materialising.

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