Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Decades of underfunding has seen dementia research lagging more than 20 years behind the progress seen in cancer research, which sees more than six times more funding than dementia. David Cameron’s new role as President of Alzheimer’s Research UK will help to keep the spotlight on dementia at a time when we’re all putting the foot on the gas to accelerate dementia research. Last year, Alzheimer’s Society made its biggest single commitment to dementia research, investing £50million in the UK’s landmark Dementia Research Institute.
“However, better care for everyone’s parents and grandparents today is just as important as the search for a cure for our grandchildren. As the nation’s health and social care crisis worsens, we urge David Cameron to use his new position to advocate for a fairly funded social care system that works for everyone affected by dementia.”