On December 11th 2013 the UK hosted the first world dementia summit at Lancaster House, London.
Some of the speakers at the G8 dementia summit 2013 included Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health. Peter Dunlop, who is living with dementia and Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization.
The aim of the summit was to look into dementia research and to have international coordination on the disease and an effective response to tackling the condition on a global level.
The summit brought together G8 ministers, pharmaceutical companies, researchers and charities from around the world.
The topics for discussion during the day included:
- improving life and care for people affected by dementia and their carers.
- preventing and delaying dementia.
- social adaptation to global ageing and dementia agree.
The commitment made by the G8 countries was to build an international effort around the world to approach the problem of dementia.
What the countries at the G8 dementia summit agreed
- Set an ambition to identify a cure or a disease-modifying therapy, for dementia by 2025.
- Significantly increase the amount spent on dementia research.
- Increase the number of people involved in clinical trials and studies on dementia.
- Establish a new global envoy for dementia innovation, following in the footsteps of global envoys on HIV and Aids and on Climate Change.
- Develop an international action plan for research.
- Share information and data from dementia research studies across the G8 countries to work together and get the best return on investment in research.
- Encourage open access to all publicly funded dementia research to make data and results available for further research as quickly as possible.
The summit lasted for over 7 hours and was filmed. If you would like to watch a video on the entire G8 dementia summit you can below.
Jeremy Hunt opens the G8 dementia summit.
You can watch the video below.
Downing Street has announced that Prime Minister David Cameron wants funding for dementia research in the UK to double by the year 2025. That would take it from £66m in 2015 to £132m by 2025.
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