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Canada signs up to global effort to stop dementia

Canada has joined other countries in pledging to increase funding for research and treatment of dementia over the next decade at a meeting of G8 health ministers in London.

“Our government is committed to taking further action to address the growing problem of dementia,” said health minister Rona Ambrose. “By working with like-minded countries we can harness the best research, innovation and partnerships to help prevent or delay the on-set of dementia; and improve the quality of life, care and treatment of those affected and their families.”

The G8 ministers stated their ambition to identify a cure or a disease-modifying therapy for dementia by 2025 and to increase collectively and significantly the amount of funding for dementia research to reach that goal, at the summit on 11 December.

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