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Dementia cure may be just five years away, says world expert

As he steps down as chairman of the World Dementia Council, Dr Dennis Gillings says he is optimistic that the first cure to halt or reverse the disease is on the horizon.

A cure for dementia could be found within five years, the leader of the global council on the disease has said.

Dr Dennis Gillings, outgoing chairman of the World Dementia Council, said recent scientific progress had surpassed his expectations, with two potential breakthroughs now on the horizon.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he was "optimistic" that treatments which could remove the plaques in the brain associated with dementia, and those to unscramble the neural tangles which characterise the disease might be developed as soon as 2020.

Dr Gillings, appointed by David Cameron to create the global council in 2013, said "great strides" had been made in improving scientific understanding of dementia and of the gaps in research.

"The original goal [of the council] was disease modification by 2025," he said. "I feel a lot more optimistic now: I wouldn't be surprised if we get there by 2020 or 2021."

Read the full article here in the Telegraph

 

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