Progress on finding a cure for dementia is "achingly slow", despite the huge cost of the disease, David Cameron's new global dementia envoy has said.
Dr Dennis Gillings called for an effort to fight dementia on a par with that to find a cure for HIV/AIDS, saying: "Dementia is a ticking bomb costing the global economy £350bn and yet progress with research is achingly slow."
"Just as the world came together in the fight against HIV/Aids, we need to free up regulation so that we can test ground-breaking new drugs, and examine whether the period for market exclusivity could be extended," Dr Gillings added.
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