Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The charity powers world class studies that give us the best chance of beating dementia sooner. Its scientists’ groundbreaking work focuses on prevention, treatment and cure.
In the UK more than 850,000 people are currently living with dementia. Worldwide the figure stands at more than 44 million. While it’s true that the majority of people with dementia are over 65,
the condition is not a normal part of getting older. Nor is the condition only linked with later life; in the UK over 40,000 people under 65 have dementia.
There are currently no treatments to stop the diseases that cause dementia, most commonly Alzheimer’s. While some treatments can help some people to live with their symptoms a little better, there are no treatments that slow or stop diseases like Alzheimer’s. This means that the diseases will continue to get worse over time unless new treatments can be found. Alzheimer’s Research UK is leading the charge to find these treatments and preventions.
Because Alzheimer’s Research UK receives no government funding, the charity is completely dependent on the generosity of supporters to fund its research programme.
Last year (2015) supporters’ donations helped to fund 62 new projects and pioneering initiatives. Alzheimer’s Research UK is currently supporting dementia research projects worth over £33 million in leading universities across the UK.
The charity has also launched its Drug Discovery Alliance, a £30m network of Drug Discovery Institutes in Cambridge, Oxford and London, working to translate promising research into much-needed new treatments.
For every £1 donated, 76p powers our research and helps people to understand and fight dementia. The remaining 24p raises our next £1 and funds essential running costs.