A new clinic to help find a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease will be set up in Bristol after a £1 million grant was made to researchers. It is hoped that the research unit and clinic at Frenchay Hospital, part of North Bristol NHS Trust, will highlight the city’s reputation as a world leader for investigating dementia.
The clinic has been funded by Bristol charity Brace, which supports research into dementia in the South West, including many projects in the city.
Liz Coulthard, the head of the new research unit and a consultant senior lecturer in dementia neurology, said she hoped that the team would develop improved methods of diagnosis and eventually also medications to treat Alzheimer’s. She said:
“Work will focus on translating the world class preclinical dementia research in Bristol into pharmaceutical trials for patient benefit.
Over the next five to ten years, we hope that dementia research will yield a range of effective medications, allowing treatment to be tailored according to the needs of each patient.
I am delighted to take on the challenge of developing dementia care and research in Bristol.
I hope that through high quality research in Bristol, we can transform the outlook for dementia sufferers.”