On 29 January 2015, we held our Research Round-table meeting on Vascular Dementia.

Dementia is the loss of mental ability due to the gradual death of brain cells. Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia. It is estimated to account for about 20% of all cases of dementia, which itself affects around 850,000 people in the UK.  It is more common in men, and usually starts before the age of 75.

Vascular dementia 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 and which leads to changes deep in the brain, including tiny strokes.

Vascular dementia has been highlighted as a research priority in our new research strategy due to the devastating impact of the disease, the lack of treatments or preventive measures to stop the progression of the disease, and the paucity of research in this area. We want to work in collaboration with researchers, other funders, patients and carers to identify the biggest issues that we can start to tackle with research.