Prime Minister, David Cameron, hosted the G8 summit on dementia in London on 11 December 2013. The summit aims to develop co-ordinated global action on dementia. The topics for discussion during the day included:
- improving life and care for people affected by dementia and their carers
- preventing and delaying dementia
- social adaptation to global ageing and dementia.
The NIHR is working with a range of key partners in delivering initiatives which were announced that will help to meet the challenge:
- Jointly funding £20 million of research into dementia with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for a range of research into ways to prevent dementia and improve the quality of life for those with dementia and their carers. [read the press release]
- Researchers from the NIHR Dementia Translational Research Collaboration (TRC) have secured £750,000 from leading research charity Parkinson’s UK, for major new research, to search for Parkinson’s biomarkers. The award is to a team of researchers from London, Cambridge, Oxford, and Newcastle, and is led by Professor Simon Lovestone, Director of the NIHR Dementia TRC. The researchers, alongside leading UK and US biotechnology companies, will look for biomarkers for Parkinson’s in both blood and in cerebrospinal fluid. [read the press release]
- A brand new initiative being introduced as part of the G8 Summit is a £651,000 NIHR-MRC Dementia Deep and Frequent Phenotyping (D&FP) feasibility study. This study will involve intensive phenotyping of 24 pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disorder patients. The study aims to test the feasibility of identifying biomarkers that change over periods of months, rather than years. Led by the NIHR Dementia TRC Director Professor Simon Lovestone (Oxford and King’s College London) and involving industry collaboration, the goal is that these biomarkers could be used in a range of follow-up trials. [read the press release]
- Another initiative, the NIHR Dementia informatics support programme, provides the ability to interrogate data from dementia patients and return anonymised datasets appropriate for research use. This solution, the Dementia Clinical Record Interactive Search (D-CRIS) system, originally developed by the South London and Maudlsey (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust, will increase the speed with which the results from research initiatives can deliver value, in a very practical way, to direct patient care and improve the tie‐in and close working relationship between practising clinicians and academics. The £1.2 million investment is rapidly extending the benefits of exploiting the existing tried and tested technologies currently already in use within SLaM, across a further four mental health NHS providers in London, Oxford and Cambridge. [read about D-CRIS]
The NIHR’s infrastructure continues to deliver ongoing dementia-related programmes and initiatives. These include:
- the NIHR Dementia TRC which has funding of £36 million over five years from April 2012 to deliver a range of workstreams on areas such as biomarkers, MRI protocols, PET imaging, stem cells and bioinformatics
- the NIHR’s Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network’s ENRICH (Enabling Research in Care Homes) programme [read the press release]
- relevant dementia-related research and implementation themes within the new and existing NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health and Care Research (CLAHRCs).
G8 dementia summit
11 December 2013