Research

Spotlight on: Dementia

About neurodegenerative diseases and dementia

Around 50 million people live with dementia worldwide - with one new case every 3 seconds. 850,000 people are estimated to be living with dementia in the UK. Neurodegenerative diseases are incurable conditions where nerve cells gradually die. These diseases give rise to a decline in memory, thinking and language skills often referred to as dementia.

Neurodegeneration and dementia research are key priorities for the MRC. We spend millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money every year funding the very best researchers and outstanding science to better understand and treat these diseases. Read more about neurodegeneration and what we are doing to help tackle dementia.

Recent films

Makis Tsioras is a PhD student at the UK Dementia Research Institute, University of Edinburgh. He explains his research in the fight against dementia.

Recent blogs

  • The power of big data
    Ed Pinches, from Alzheimer’s Research UK, tells us why access to large data sets is so important in our fight against dementia.
  • Pushing dementia research through US-UK collaboration
    We’re running a symposium to encourage joining up of UK early career researchers and National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers working in neurodegeneration.