The World Dementia Council have published their Statement of Purpose, explaining the council’s aims and how they intend these to be achieved. The main thrust is to help deliver accurate and early diagnosis, more effective treatments and better care and support. The aim is to offer radical, independent advocacy and global leadership:
“ …to stimulate innovation, development and commercialisation of life enhancing drugs, treatments and care for people with dementia, and in protection of those at risk of dementia, within a generation”.
Priorities for consideration will comprise:
Finance: devising incentives and financial structures to encourage research and innovation.
Research collaboration: encouraging research partnerships between government, academia and industry.
Regulation and trials: investigating how to accelerate drug development.
Knowledge sharing: the development of inventories of research activity, improved databases, networks and platforms to promote improved synthesis and dissemination of knowledge.
Health and social care: the identification and dissemination of innovative best practice in the care of people with dementia.
Awareness raising: increasing public and political awareness of the scale of the economic and social challenge posed by the dementia time bomb internationally, and about the need for global responses.
World Dementia Council publishes Statement of Purpose. London: Department of Health / Dementia Challenge / World Dementia Council, May 30th 2014.