September is World Alzheimer's Month

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Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK and numbers are increasing, with over one million people estimated to have dementia by 2025; there is currently no cure. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia so this World Alzheimer’s Month we are highlighting how research is the only way to beat this and other dementias.


We are dedicated to funding and supporting world class research into dementia and raising awareness of how people can get involved in research. There are a number of ways you can support our campaign, for example as a research participant, researcher or a reviewer of research so please get involved.


Each week throughout September we will be focusing on a different theme around research.


Week one: Types of research - it's not all drugs trials

Week two: The research pathway (and why it takes so long)

Week three: Developing new dementia treatments

Week four: Research into rarer dementia types - with a focus on frontotemporal dementia (FTD)

Week five: How to get involved in research

We will be adding new content throughout September

Funding and support

Many people assume that research is all about drug trials, but there are lots of different types of dementia studies happening across the country.

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This week we look at the research pathway, from basic science all the way to clinical trials, and ask why the process takes so long.


Looking at how patients suffering with dementia get access to the new treatments that are being developed is this week's theme.

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Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, but there are many other rarer forms. This week's theme looks at research into these rarer forms of dementia.

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As World Alzheimer's Month comes to an end, this week's theme looks at how you can get involved in dementia research

WAM patient

Will you join the 30,000 people who have already registered their interest in participating in studies through Join Dementia Research?

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As part of the Government's 2020 Challenge, the NIHR has made dementia a top research priority. Find out more here.

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Key links 



For women, dementia and Alzheimer’s is now the most common cause of death, followed by heart disease. For men, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is the second leading cause of death. (Source: PHE analysis of ONS mortality data -

38% of the  UK population (24.6 million people) know a family member or close friend living with dementia. (Source: YouGov polling for Alzheimer’s Research UK 2nd – 5th May 2012 and ONS population statistic)

In 2016/17 the NIHR Clinical Research Network supported nearly 28,000 people to take part in research associated with dementias and neurodegeneration. (Source NIHR Clinical Researh Network -

Over 100 studies currently open to recruitment on Join Dementia Research (source: