What is dementia research

Understand dementia better

Around 1.6 million people in Germany currently suffer from dementia. The most common and well-known form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. The disease is a great burden not only for those affected, but also for their relatives. Due to demographic change, dementia will affect even more people in the future.

For many people it is
Dementia synonymous
with Alzheimer's.
It hides behind
the term one
Variety of different
Forms of disease
and symptoms.

Dementia is a widespread disease. We need to understand better what the causes of this disease are and how it develops. That is the basis for effective therapies.

The Federal Ministry of Research (BMBF) is funding dementia research in Germany with around 90 million euros annually. A large part of the funding goes to the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). Scientists work together at nine locations across Germany. The DZNE is active in all research areas from basic research to health services research. In this way, the results of research should reach people more quickly.

Dementia diseases are increasing worldwide. The BMBF is therefore increasingly involved in international cooperation projects. The EU member states and other partners support the "EU Joint Program - Neurodegenerative Disease Research" (JPND) initiative. Joint program planning and research activities make better use of existing resources and bundle research capacities.