Oldham MP hosts Alzheimer’s Research UK event in Parliament

To mark World Alzheimer’s Day today (21st September – part of World Alzheimer’s Month) and highlight the urgent need for the Government to keep its manifesto promise on increased funding, I hosted an Alzheimer’s Research UK event for MPs in Parliament.

The aim of the event was to highlight the importance of the Government’s manifesto promise to double funding for dementia research, known as the Dementia Moonshot.

I met with representatives from Alzheimer’s Research UK, the country’s leading dementia research charity, as well as people impacted by the condition. Over 100 MPs attended the event to discuss the importance of dementia research, including the Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer.

Historic global underinvestment means that while dementia research is making progress, it still lags far behind research into other major conditions. The additional investment provided by the promised Dementia Moonshot, could transform dementia research in the UK and even help to find life-changing treatment.

As chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, I was delighted to host Alzheimer’s Research UK in Parliament to show my support for their work to help find preventions, treatments and, one day, a cure for dementia.

An estimated 1,169 people are living with dementia in Oldham East & Saddleworth, having a devastating impact on them and their families.

It is vital that we increase investment in dementia research to help make the progress needed to end the fear, harm and heartbreak caused by dementia.  The Government must finally deliver on their promised Dementia Moonshot funding at next month’s Budget and Spending Review.

I have also organised a Memory Walk, to remember those who have died with dementia and support those living with the condition, in Alexandra Park, at 10am on Saturday 25th September as Dementia is one of the biggest global health crises we face. In 2019, the Government made a manifesto promise to double funding for dementia research to £160m a year and speed up progress in clinical trials.

Now is the time to deliver on this pledge.

To register for the free Memory Walk event – 10am in Alexandra Park, on Saturday 25th September, starting at the Boathouse Cafe – click here:

David Thomas, Head of Policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, added: “A big thank you to Debbie Abrahams for hosting our parliamentary event to support dementia research during World Alzheimer’s Month.

“The response to COVID-19 has shown us what science can achieve with increased investment and momentum. And we’re confident that, with the right support, we can make the life-changing breakthroughs that are so needed for people with dementia.”

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