Cash boost for dementia research in Cambridge

Four projects looking into possible treatments for dementia are getting under way in Cambridge, thanks to funding from a medical charity.

Alzheimer's Research UK, based just south of the city, has awarded £735,000 to scientists at Cambridge University.

The grant will fund research and pilot projects aimed at "stopping Alzheimer's in its tracks".

The organisation estimates that more than 6,000 people are currently living with dementia in Cambridgeshire.

The studies will look at the development of Alzheimer's from its earliest stages and ways of protecting brain cells from damage.

Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer's Research UK, said the projects "should bring us closer to an effective treatment for dementia that is so desperately needed".

He described Cambridge as "a centre of excellence for dementia research" and added that in order to offer hope to the thousands of sufferers, it was vital to "invest in research now".

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