[A version of this abstract appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT) Volume 1 Issue 8 March 2011].
Dementia research in most EU countries is critically under-funded and under-valued. Funding for dementia research has consistently fallen behind that for cancer and heart disease.
This detailed ILC-UK report covers the recommendations made by an expert working group at the European Parliament, which met in November 2010 to examine the dementia research agenda at the Member State and EU levels. Data is presented about the growing scale of dementia across Europe and the associated economic, health and social care costs. The report bristles with suggestions (“calls to action”) about the types and areas of research which need to be conducted and proposals for potential strategies to implement the research agenda more effectively.
The annexes in this report reveal widespread disparities in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with dementia across Europe, along with a thorough review of recent and current research programmes. A bibliography is provided, as are lists of key individuals and research-related bodies at national and EU levels.
The International Longevity Centre, UK (ILC-UK) (2011). The European Dementia Research Agenda. London: ILC–UK, February 2011.