Research into dementia is happening across the globe.  There are a number of large research investments and the statistics below highlight a couple of examples of international funding for dementia research.

Source: “Innovative Medicines Initiative Alzheimer’s disease projects launch joint platform” (19th March 2015) Innovative Medicines Initiative Press release

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is Europe’s largest public-private initiative.

It aims to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients, its total spend since 2008 is €5.3bn, provided by the EU’s research programme and life science companies.  The three Alzheimer’s disease projects will each target a different area and will collaborate to share advances along with the Global Alzheimer’s Platform.

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds the majority of Alzheimer’s disease research through the National Institute for Ageing (NIA).

This includes key strategic initiatives such as the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and the NIA Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease Data Storage Site (NIAGADS), as well as basic science grants.  The NIA has applied for $1.4bn for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia research for 2018.

Source: Bypass Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 – Reaching for a Cure: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Research at the National Institute for Health

Source: “€30 million to scale-up global research on neurodegenerative diseases” (8th January 2015) EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research; News and Media

The EU JPND is the largest global research initiative aimed at neurodegenerative diseases.

The principle aim is to maximise the impact of research by aligning aims and issuing research calls as a collective to ensure the best research is funded. The MRC is a participant and has representatives on both the Executive Board and the Management Board. The MRC will fund any successful project from the UK which has been approved by the independent Scientific Advisory Board of JPND but will not fund projects from other countries.