This year, one person will develop dementia every three minutes in the UK. In England, there are around 670,000 people living with some form of the condition, and that number is expected to double over the next 30 years.
With no known cure, it is essential that a combination of research and support initiatives are put in place to help those with dementia and their friends and families – and University of Plymouth is playing a world-leading role in making that happen.
Researchers in our Medical School, working alongside national and international colleagues, are pioneering cutting edge clinical trials into the potential causes and treatments of this devastating and progressive illness.
And academics across all our faculties are guiding international organisations, including the UK Government, to enhance the support available in health settings, in communities and in the home.
Ian Sherriff, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia, said:
While we are proud of what we have achieved so far, we are all aware that there is more to do – support from the highest levels and the continued efforts of innovators in the lab, in clinic and in society will help us to tackle this pernicious disease
More news about our dementia initiatives
- New policy research unit to improve dementia prevention, diagnosis and care 3 August 2023
- University hosts dementia conference 26 June 2023
- Project explores potential for digital technologies to create inclusion and opportunities in Devon and Cornwall 20 February 2023
- Study explores links between people taking multiple medications and dementia 12 October 2022
- New study finds care home residents benefit from robot pets 29 September 2022