The World Alzheimer Report 2018, entitled “The state of the art of dementia research: New frontiers”, reviews developments in dementia research, without glossing-over the absence of significant disease-modifying pharmacological treatment breakthroughs for around 20 years.
This report examines wide-ranging research topics, including basic science, diagnosis, efforts towards drug discovery, risk reduction and epidemiology, and improvements to care interventions.
Headline statistics from the press release:
- Someone in the world develops dementia every 3 seconds.
- Dementia is the 7th leading cause of death worldwide.
- Many countries have no (or few) dementia diagnostic tools, access to clinical trials or access to specialist doctors and researchers.
- Dementia became a trillion-dollar disease in 2018. Alzheimer’s Disease International suggests that governments should commit at least 1% of the societal costs of dementia to dementia research funding.
Patterson, C. [et al] (2018). The World Alzheimer Report 2018. The state of the art of dementia research: new frontiers. London: Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), September 2018.