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  • James Pickett
    Alzheimer's Society
  • Cathy Bird
    Alzheimer's Society London
  • Clive Ballard
    University of Exeter Medical School
  • Sube Banerjee
  • Carol Brayne
    University of Cambridge
  • Katherine Gowan
  • Linda Clare
    University of Exeter Medical School
  • Adelina Comas-Herrera
  • Lynne Corner
  • Stephanie Daley
  • Martin Knapp
    London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Louise Lafortune
  • Gill Livingston
    North Thames CLAHRC, London
  • Jill Manthorpe
    King's College London
  • Natalie Marchant
  • Jo Moriarty
  • Louise Robinson
  • Clare van Lynden
  • Gillian Windle
  • Robert Woods
  • Katherine Gray
  • Clare Walton
Objective: National and global dementia plans have focused on the research ambition to develop a cure or disease‐modifying therapy by 2025, with the initial focus on investment in drug discovery approaches. We set out to develop complementary research ambitions in the areas of
prevention, diagnosis, intervention, and care and strategies for achieving them.
Methods: Alzheimer's Society facilitated a taskforce of leading UK clinicians and researchers in dementia, UK funders of dementia research, people with dementia, and carer representatives to develop, using iterative consensus methodology, goals and recommendations to advance
dementia research.
Results: The taskforce developed 5 goals and 30 recommendations. The goals focused on preventing future cases of dementia through risk reduction, maximising the benefit of a dementia diagnosis, improving quality of life, enabling the dementia workforce to improve practice, and
optimising the quality and inclusivity of health and social care systems. Recommendations addressed gaps in knowledge and limitations in research methodology or infrastructure that would facilitate research in prioritised areas. A 10‐point action plan provides strategies for delivering the proposed research agenda.
Conclusions: By creating complementary goals for research that mirror the need to find effective treatments, we provide a framework that enables a focus for new investment and initiatives.
This will support a broader and more holistic approach to research on dementia, addressing prevention, surveillance of population changes in risk and expression of dementia, the diagnostic process, diagnosis itself, interventions, social support, and care for people with dementia and their families.


  • Care, Dementia Research Policy, Research Funding, Risk reduction, Social and applied Science, 2025 Goals for dementia
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-906
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number7
Early online date22 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

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