G8 summit gunning for 2025 deadline to cure dementia


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, the World Health Organization and Britain, the current holders of the G8 presidency, advocated a combined global attempt to battle dementia, saying that extra spending and coordinated global research seeking to minimize duplication – could accelerate progress towards finding effective treatments.

“No one here is in any doubt about the scale of the dementia crisis. A new case every four seconds, a global cost of $600 billion (440 billion euros) and that is to say nothing of the human cost,” British Prime Minister David Cameron told the meeting in London.

An estimated 44 million people currently suffer from some form of dementia, with Alzheimer’s the most common form. Amid an aging global population this figure is expected to rise sharply in the coming decades. The Alzheimer’s Disease International federation warned in a December 5 report that the figures could reach 135 million by 2050.

Dementia cannot currently be cured, but on Wednesday G8 members issued a joint statement saying they had agreed to “significantly” increase research funding and encourage open access to various studies’ findings to speed up the process.

“The amount going into research is too little,” British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told reporters. “We would like a cure to be available by 2025. It’s a big, big ambition to have. If we don’t aim for the stars, we won’t land on the moon.”

Source: Deutsche Welle