David Cameron announces on Radio 4’s You and Yours how the UK will lead the world in finding a cure for dementia.
David Cameron on promises to find an effective treatment or cure for dementia by 2025. Last year Cameron pledged £300 million to find medicines to halt or cure the disease by 2025.
Professor John Hardy, from University College London, said he believed the target would be hit.
He said: “I would say I am optimistic for a disease modifying treatment. I think that’s realistic.
“This is one of the few David Cameron promises that I think is likely to be still on the road.”
He added: “I take statins every morning. One would not take statins for a stroke.
“You take statins to reduce your cholesterol, to make sure a stroke is less likely, but you don’t take it acutely during a stroke.
“It is possible that this type of analogy holds true in Alzheimer’s disease.”
Around 850,000 Brits have dementia – and there is currently no effective treatment although current medications can help to slow down the symptoms.