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12th December 2013

G8 dementia summit promises new focus on research and raises hopes of a 'cure'

The G8 summit on dementia in London yesterday (December 11) has raised hopes that more focus on dementia and more funding will lead to a leap forward in dementia treatment.

David Cameron, who attended the summit, announced increased funding in the UK to fight the disease and spoke of his hopes for a "cure".

The Prime Minister invited health chiefs from the world's richest countries to the UK to discuss what to do about dementia, with the number of sufferers predicted to treble to 135 million globally by 2050.

At the summit he announced that GlaxoSmithKline will be investing a further £200m in UK life sciences and that the Medical Research Council will spend £150m more on clinical infrastructure for dementia and genomics.

He also said a scan that can rule out Alzheimer's will be available on the NHS from now on. The first patient is due to undergo a scan today (December 12) in London's Charing Cross Hospital, part of Imperial College NHS Trust.

Mr Cameron said, "It doesn't matter whether you're in London or Los Angeles, in rural India or in urban Japan: this disease steals lives, it wrecks families, it breaks hearts.

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