The future of dementia risk reduction research: barriers and solutions

Published date
Monday, 10 October, 2016

Published: Monday 10 October 2016

Published in the Journal of Public Health, a new study by Alzheimer’s Research UK has highlighted the lack of research into dementia prevention. It calls for changes to the way risk reduction studies are funded and carried out, in a bid to boost evidence on dementia risk factors.

The discussion paper compiles recommendations from a workshop attended by leading UK academics, clinicians, funders and policymakers, including the Stroke Association.

Stroke is associated with dementia. The second most common form of dementia is called vascular dementia, and its development is attributed to a lack of a blood supply to the brain. This is generally caused by cerebral small vessel disease (SVD), which is a narrowing and hardening of the blood vessels to the brain which leads to changes deep in the brain, including tiny strokes.

In collaboration with Alzheimer's Society and the British Heart Foundation, the Stroke Association are now launching a Priority Programme in vascular dementia research.

To find out more about the study, visit the Alzheimer's Research UK website.

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