Manchester researchers exceed PM’s national dementia target
The Government's ambition to find a cure for dementia by 2025
has been boosted by a dramatic rise in people volunteering to take
part in ground-breaking research studies.
The NIHR / Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at Central
Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was one of a
number of organisations - collectively known as the Manchester
Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) - responsible for exceeding
the dementia target in Greater Manchester.
During the past 12 months almost 22,000 people nationally have
taken part in research studies to tackle the condition - a 60 per
cent rise - according to figures published today by the National
Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
The boost in participation was in part triggered by the Prime
Minister's Challenge on Dementia, launched in March 2012. The
Challenge also included the aspiration to have 10% of all people
with dementia participating in research by 2020. Greater Manchester
has exceeded this target, 12% of people with dementia into studies
- a total of 2,301 people. This is facilitated through MAHSC's
Mental Health domain.
Leo and his wife Pat engaged in a trial of an experimental
treatment for Alzheimer's disease at the NIHR / Wellcome Trust
Clinical Research Facility at Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCRF).
Learn more about Leo's and Pat's experiences of
Professor Alistair Burns, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at The
University of Manchester, explained that closerrelationships
between MAHSC partners have been key to Greater Manchester's
success in dementia research.
"The extraordinary increase in recruitment to dementia trials in
Greater Manchester is significantly linked to the
cross-organisational working brought about by MAHSC," he said.
Professor Burns, who is also Honorary Consultant Old Age
Psychiatrist at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and
National Clinical Director for Mental Health in Older People and
Dementia at NHS England, added.
Through our partnership, we have connected eligible patients
with world-leading researchers, healthcare professionals, and
cutting-edge technology, which has improved our capacity to perform
dementia research in Manchester.
The research was delivered by The University of Manchester,
MMHSCT, Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust, Central
Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT),
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) and the Pennine Care NHS
It was supported by the CRN: Greater Manchester, which
encompasses all 13 NHS Trusts within the Greater Manchester region,
the NIHR / Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at CMFT, the
Barnes Clinical Research Facility at SRFT and the Wolfson Molecular
If you would like to help us beat dementia, either as a
person living with dementia or as a healthy volunteer, go to
the Join Dementia
Research website to register your interest and help Greater
Manchester lead the way for better treatment, and a better life,
for millions of sufferers across the world.