Bill Gates pledges £23m to help fight dementia


BILLIONAIRE Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates last night gifted £23million towards the fight against dementia. Mr Gates, 62, has ploughed some of his personal fortune into the Diagnostics Accelerator, a special fund aimed at finding ways to speed up the diagnosis of harrowing diseases like Alzheimer’s.

It forms part of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation open to researchers and clinicians worldwide.

The programme’s aim is to translate cutting-edge research into timely and practical interventions to help people stricken by the cruel disease.

Many of the world’s top dementia scientists, such as Prof John Hardy of University College, London, are based in Britain. Funding through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has transformed the fight against malaria and Aids.

Experts hope dementia will be the next to benefit and hailed the announcement as a “potential game changer”.

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