Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has welcomed an announcement from a major retail consortium including Asda, Iceland, Morrisons and Waitrose, which has announced a partnership to help support the development of a dementia research centre based at UCL.
With the introduction of a new mandatory charge for supermarket carrier bags from 5 October, the consortium has pledged funds raised to support the research initiative.
Welcoming the announcement, Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“It’s enormously encouraging to see major retailers with huge influence over the public putting themselves forward to help solve the dementia challenge. With a global aim to produce a disease-modifying treatment that can bring relief to people with dementia by 2025, dementia research has big ambitions and will need big initiatives to realise them. UCL is home to one of our three new dementia Drug Discovery Institutes, which will spearhead the search for the next generation of treatments – it will take scientists working collaboratively on this scale to bring relief to millions of lives blighted by dementia worldwide.”