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Dementia: Research

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 225W, on dementia: drugs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the first meeting of the ministerial group on dementia research held on 24 February 2010; what the outcomes were of that meeting; and if he will make a statement. (322270)

A copy of the minutes of the meeting of the ministerial advisory group on dementia research held on 24 February 2010 has been placed in the Library.

The group has identified five broad workstreams. These will be taken forward by designated sub-groups led by one or more members of the group, drawing in additional advice and expertise as necessary.

The worksteam topics are:

agreeing priority topics for dementia research, in each of the three main areas of cause, cure and care;

finding ways of raising public awareness of, and support for, dementia research and increasing public engagement in dementia research;

increasing the success of dementia research in securing available funding and support and identifying ways to improve the capacity and capability of the dementia research workforce;

developing better ways of working between researchers and between public and private sectors;

identifying further ways to 'bust bureaucracy' where there are issues specific to dementia research; and

improving the 'translation' of research into better treatment and care.

Each workstream sub-group will examine its specific area in detail, identifying the major issues and suggesting practical ways to address them.