Response to Dementia Funding Guarantee
We welcome David Cameron’s announcement today a £100 million guarantee of funding for research into treatment for dementia. Following the 2013’s G8 commitment to develop a cure for dementia by 2025, Mr Cameron attended a London summit and reaffirm his commitment to this goal and call for a united global effort. Through cheaper, streamlined clinical trials, earlier access for patients to drugs and improved incentives for investment, it is believed that a cure for dementia will be found.
The Government’s commitment to tackle dementia is essential. We believe that this support highlights our central message: that without the necessary money for research, any disease, be it brain cancer or dementia, cannot be cured. Research is the only way to find the treatments and drugs that will cure the diseases that account for thousands of lives a year in the UK and yet there are diseases, most notably brain tumours, which do not receive the funding they need to move therapies forward.
The number of deaths caused by brain cancer in the last decade has increased, peaking at 3,443 people in 2012. Despite this, and despite the fact it is the largest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, research into a cure receives only £4.9 million a year from NCRI members. Brain tumours need a similar Government commitment to that given to dementia research, a commitment to spend the level of money needed to save the lives of thousands of men, women and children a year.
We need your help to let the Government know that change to research funding is needed. You can do this by signing and sharing our E-Petition with your family, friends and colleagues, as well as writing to your local MP, making them aware of the current state of research funding.
Link to E-Petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/55378
Link to Brain Tumour Research Report: http://www.braintumourresearch.org/uploads/document/BrainTumourResearchNationalFundingReportJuly_2013draft9_897.pdf