Former Prime Minister David Cameron has called on the government to put a greater priority on dementia research.
Writing in The Times, Mr Cameron, who is to become president of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said dementia research needed to be “properly funded”.
“We must win the battle of priorities,” said Mr Cameron.
“Cancer research and stroke research deserve all their funding – but dementia shouldn’t be so far behind.”
Dementia is the leading cause of death in the UK, accounting for more than 10% of deaths.
One million people are expected to be living with the condition by 2025.
However, for every dementia researcher there are six in cancer, 1.5 studying heart disease and 1.2 investigating strokes.
Cancer research receives more than six times funding than what is spent on dementia.
Commenting on Mr Cameron’s appointment, Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “David Cameron’s support of our work will help us continue our positive growth and further bolster our research efforts, through which we will end the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.”