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UK to call on G8 countries to collaborate to find dementia treatments


The UK government has announced it is to host a summit aimed at encouraging the world's most powerful nations to collaborate with companies and academia to find new treatments for dementia.

In a statement, Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said the UK will use its presidency of the G8 to organise a summit of ministers from member countries on December 11 in London, in an attempt to draw up an international dementia research plan.

The aim will be to help break down barriers within and between companies, researchers and clinicians, to improve cooperation, drawing on expertise from bodies such as the World Health Organisation and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

In 2012, the UK prime minister David Cameron launched a Dementia Challenge on research, care and awareness, but the majority of this work has been at a national level, according to the statement.

Hunt said in the statement: "This is a global challenge and one which is set to intensify. While we continue to pursue tomorrow's cures, it is critical now more than ever to pay serious attention to what we can do to reduce the average number of years living with the condition."


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