ZonMw subsidises dementia research Maastricht University

Researchers from Maastricht University, as lead applicant of a national consortium for dementia risk reduction (Netherlands Dementia Prevention Initiative (NDPI)), have been notified that they will receive over 3 million euros from ZonMw. With this, they will work over the next four years, with 11 partners from science, education, care and society, towards a brain-healthy Netherlands. The grant is part of the National Dementia Strategy of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS).

Big impact dementia
One in five Dutch people will develop some form of dementia. The disease is still not curable or adequately preventable, and has a major impact on quality of life. People eventually die from dementia. It is the most common cause of death in the Netherlands after cancer and cardiovascular disease.

For a breakthrough in combating dementia and caring for people with dementia, researchers therefore work intensively together. They do so within ZonMw's ten-year Dementia Research Programme (OPD), among others. Care providers, educational institutes, experts by experience, knowledge institutes and industry also form part of these consortiums (collaborative projects). Through education, new knowledge quickly reaches the shop floor. The Dementia Research Programme honours four consortia, each with its own theme and focus. They will start before the end of the year. A fifth consortium application is still pending.

Consortium Risk Reduction - Lifestyle
The NDPI consortium within the Risk Reduction - Lifestyle theme is led by Dr Sebastian Köhler, Maastricht University (lead applicant) and Prof Dr Edo Richard, Radboud UMC (project leader) and. They are investigating how to better reach people with preventive messages and which interventions are effective in preventing dementia in people at increased risk of dementia. The researchers help people at increased risk to improve their lifestyle.