World health Organization (WHO) publishes dementia research blueprint

04/10/2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a dementia research blueprint, the first of its kind for noncommunicable diseases. The blueprint is designed to provide guidance to policy-makers, funders and the research community, in an effort to make dementia research more efficient, equitable and impactful. This blueprint for dementia research summarizes the current state of dementia research across six broad themes, identifying existing knowledge gaps, as well as outlining outlines 15 strategic goals with actions and timebound milestones to address these gaps. The blueprint also outlines drivers of research that together create an enabling research environment that is essential for accelerating dementia research globally.

Specifically, the blueprint for dementia research:

• Builds on and applies lessons learned from WHO efforts to prioritise research and coordinate research activities for infectious diseases

• Considers the entire dementia research spectrum, incorporating diagnostics and therapeutics, as well as emerging scientific and technological advances such as artificial intelligence, multiomics and biomarkers

• Encompasses epidemiology, health economics, care and carer research, risk reduction, and brain health across the life course

• Provides insights on different drivers of research, such as sustainable funding, diversity and equity, and the involvement of people with lived experience of dementia throughout the research development process.

The dementia research blueprint is available at: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240058248