CPFT expert hopeful over dementia breakthrough as 240 take part in trials

Dr Ben Underwood says tests may lead to major advance within five years

CPFT expert hopeful over dementia breakthrough as 240 take part in trials
06 October 2014



More than 200 people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are now taking part in research into dementia.

The trials are conducted by experts from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge. If successful, the trials could lead to major breakthroughs in the understanding, prevention and treatment of dementia within five years.

Dr Ben Underwood, Consultant Psychiatrist at CPFT (pictured), who is co-ordinating the trials, said: “There are now nine different clinical trials taking place involving 240 patients and service users from CPFT.

“This is a very exciting time and we are delighted that so many people have agreed to take part. We know that dementia is a massive issue and thanks to the recent investment there has been into this kind of work, we have been able to move research forwards.

“My colleagues and I remain hopeful that these studies will ultimately lead to better care and treatments.”

The studies span a range of areas from looking at the effect of different medicines through to measuring how different activities and games may delay the onset of dementia-related conditions.

Dr Underwood, speaking ahead of World Mental Health Day on Friday, 10 October, added: “It is still quite early days to say whether any of these trials will translate in to widespread clinical treatments. However, I am personally optimistic that within five years, we will see a major breakthrough in the treatment of conditions like Alzheimer’s.”

The Alzheimer’s Society says that by 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, while Alzheimer’s Research UK states that Alzheimer’s and other dementias affect nearly 7,500 people in Cambridgeshire.

In December, the Government announced funding for dementia research will increase to £132m by 2025. At the moment £52m of government money goes to dementia research.

Last year, CLAHRC East of England, which is a collaboration between CPFT and the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia was awarded nearly £10m to aid cutting edge research into the care of people with mental health conditions.

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For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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