The battle against dementia -It will take more than scientific brilliance

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It will take more than scientific brilliance to win the battle against dementia
Ara Darzi
Dementia affects one in five people over 80 and its global prevalence doubles every 20 years. Now is the time to act
Between 1998 and 2012, there were 104 attempts to develop drugs for dementia of which 101 were unsuccessful


The ageing of societies across the world is a testament to progress. But as we grow older, the risk of mental as well as physical decline increases. Dementia affects one in five people over 80 and its global prevalence is doubling every 20 years. To confront this challenge we need more than scientific brilliance. We need a new approach to the funding and regulation of research.
Next month (3-4 March) the World Health Organisation will set out its priorities for research into the degenerative brain disease at the first ministerial conference on global action against dementia in Geneva.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/25/scientific-brilliance-battle-dementia-ara-darzi