Sheffield hospitals benefit from dementia cash

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SHEFFIELD hospitals are to benefit from a share of £22 million to fund research into treatment of dementia.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs sites including the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General hospitals, is one of four organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber receiving some of the cash.

Sheffield will use its grant to fund a pilot study into conversation analysis in the differential diagnosis of memory problems.

Jeremy Hunt, health secretary, said: “The UK has a firm ambition to become a world leader in dementia research.

“It is home to some of the world’s best dementia researchers and specialist research facilities and this Government is committed to supporting them.

“To make a real difference to research, Government must respond to the barriers the industry faces.

“It is vital that we can translate the excellent work happening in our laboratories across the country into treatments that can help people live well with dementia today, whilst ultimately working towards finding a cure.”

More than 670,000 people in England are currently diagnosed with the dementia, and the figure is set to double in the next 30 years, creating one of the biggest challenges faced by the UK in recent times.

Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said: “Dementia is the greatest health and social care challenge of our time and defeating it needs to be a priority for society.

“As it stands, there are currently more clinical trials into hayfever than there are into some of the most common forms of dementia.”

Funding will also be paid to The University of Leeds, University of York and Bradford Teaching Hospitals.

In total, 21 organisations across the UK will benefit from the funding.