Dementia news: new boost to funding will help experts pool knowledge

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SCIENTISTS in Yorkshire have been given a new boost in research into dementia.

Alzheimer’s Research UK has handed £50,000 in funding to a regional network involving experts from Leeds, York, Hull and Sheffield universities. Officials from the charity say the scientists, who would not normally encounter each other, pool their expertise in projects under the partnership.

More than 66,000 people in Yorkshire have dementia. Eric Karran, director of research at the charity, said: “We will not find a cure for dementia by working in isolation.

“Investment in our research network is essential to bring scientists together to share ideas and resources. Supporting grassroots research is crucial to lay strong foundations for larger studies and we are pleased to be able to invest in people and ideas that could provide the breakthrough moments we are all desperate for.”

John Boyle, senior lecturer at Leeds University and co-ordinator of the Yorkshire Network Centre, said: “Our dementia research community in Yorkshire is working hard to find answers to a huge range of questions in dementia – from investigating how ageing alters the way the brain supports nerve cells to getting to grips with complicated imaging techniques to understand changes in brain blood vessels and how nerve cells reorganise their connections.”

He said the funding allowed them to build on each other’s experiences and successes.

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