England’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched an online showcase of its clinical-research efforts in dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases to mark the start of World Alzheimer’s Month.

Over the past two years, the NIHR has put “millions of pounds” of extra investment into supporting clinical research into dementia, which currently affects 800,000 people in the UK, the Network says.

By 2021 that figure is expected to reach more than one million people and by 2050, 1.7 million. Dementia already costs the UK over £23 billion a year and the financial burden is expected to rise to £27 billion per annum by 2018.

According to the NIHR, the number of dementia and neurodegenerative disease studies it has delivered in the National Health Service has increased by 40% over the last two years.

The online showcase at www.focusondementia.nihr.ac.uk highlights this work, as well as featuring case studies and interviews with leading researchers, patient views on living with dementia, and advice on finding out about ongoing clinical trials in dementia and neurodegenerative disease.