The creation of a new dementia research centre at the University of Oxford is being hailed as the biggest leap forward that we have ever seen in the search for a cure.
The institute is one of three being launched by Alzheimer's Research UK. The charity says that the dementia affects around 830,000 in the UK alone, with 44 million people affected worldwide.
One woman from Oxford, Marianne Talbot, has even written a book about the impact on her family after both her late parents developed dementia.
It is hoped that better facilities will one day help to eradicate the heartache suffered by thousands of families each year. Cary Johnston reports.
The interviewees are the author Marianne Talbot, and Professor Simon Lovestone from the University of Oxford.