Currently, about 1.6 million people in Germany alone suffer from a type of dementia. This includes frontotemporal dementia (FTD), vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, and, of course, the most common form – Alzheimer’s. Their common characteristic is the loss of nerve cells in the brain. In general, dementia is described as a progressive process in which a person’s memory function continues to decline, leading to increasing changes in personality and social behavior.
To this day, there is no cure for any form of dementia. Some symptoms associated with the disease can only be alleviated or delayed at best with medication. The only way to achieve a breakthrough in the fight against dementia is by investing a lot more money in research. Without effective therapies, there will be three million people with dementia by 2050. According to current calculations, one in three persons could even develop dementia in the course of their life.
What does the Foundation want to do?
The goal of the Foundation "Deutsche Demenzhilfe" is to support dementia research at the DZNE with the help of private capital in order to achieve faster medical progress and to make it possible to diagnose types of dementia at an early stage. In addition, the plan is that people with dementia will benefit from better treatment options in the future.
Areas supported by the Foundation
The Deutsche Demenzhilfe principally supports scientists and projects at the DZNE in all five research areas. One particular focus is on promoting excellence, which involves supporting young, exceptional talents and their outstanding project ideas.
During their research activities at the DZNE, many young scientists develop interesting project ideas, which cannot all be implemented due to a lack of financial resources. Therefore, the foundation explicitly supports young researchers so that they can pursue their promising research approaches. In addition, the foundation supports innovations with start-up or bridge financing that are designed to bring research results into medical application so that patients and society can benefit from them.
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