G8 Nations Announce Ambitious Effort to Find Alzheimer's Cure

Dorian Martin Health Guide
  • Welcome to the latest "space race." However, unlike the race to get a man to the moon by independent nations that happened in the 1960s, multiple countries have pledged to work together to find a way to end Alzheimer’s and dementia. They’ve also created an ambitious goal of 2025 to find a cure for dementia.

    This group, known as the Group of 8 (G8), includes eight nations that are considered some of the most important economic powers in the world. The members include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    Earlier this week, health ministers from the nations involved in the G8 committed to developing a cure or treatment for dementia. The deadline they’ve set for reaching these milestones is 2025.

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    The G8 health ministers plan to develop a coordinated international research action plan to identify gaps in the research and then determine ways to address these gaps. Furthermore, the nations involved in this summit agreed to seven actions, which were:

    • Set an ambition to identify a cure or a disease-modifying therapy for dementia by 2025.
    • Significantly increase the amount of money spent on dementia research. For instance, the United Kingdom leaders have committed to a plan to double the nation’s annual research funding for dementia by 2025.
    • Increase the number of people who are involved in clinical trials and studies on dementia.
    • Establish a new global envoy for dementia innovation that follows in the footsteps of global envoys on HIV and AIDS and on Climate Change.
    • Develop an international action plan for research.
    • Share information and data from dementia research studies among the G8 nations so they can work together and receive the best return on investment for the research they are doing.
    • Encourage open access to all dementia research that is publicly funded. This will make data and results available and prompt further research to happen as quickly as possible.

    Other commitments that came out of this summit included a call for greater innovation that will improve the quality of life for people diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers. This effort also needs to be designed to reduce the emotional and financial burdens. To this end, the United Kingdom will appoint a global Dementia Innovation Envoy who will be tasked with identifying and encouraging interaction between experts in order to stimulate additional innovation. This person also will coordinate international efforts to identify new sources of funding, including private and philanthropic sources that can support global innovation in relation to dementia.

    The participants also called for assessment of the current incentive structures for research in each nation through working in partnership with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This assessment is designed to consider what changes are possible to promote and accelerate discovery and research that can be used for innovation and efficient card and services.

    Additionally, three specific areas will be the focus of high-level forums throughout 2014. A forum on social impact investment will be led by the United Kingdom while Japan will coordinate a forum on new care and prevention models. Finally, Canada and France will jointly coordinate the forum on academia-industry partnerships.

  • The meeting participants also called upon all sectors to treat people who have dementia with dignity and respect. Furthermore, all sectors are encouraged to enhance their contribution to dementia prevention, care and treatment when possible. The summit members also called for a global effort to reduce the stigma, exclusion and fear in communities where people with dementia reside.

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    Primary Resources for This Sharepost:

    Department of Health. (2013). G8 dementia summit concludes with international agreement to work together.

    Gallagher, J. 92013). G8 ‘will develop dementia cure or treatment by 2025’. BBC News.

    G8 UK. (2013). G8 Dementia Summit declaration.

Published On: December 12, 2013