DESK REVIEWS | Dementia research and innovation

DESK REVIEW | Dementia research and innovation

The Law Project 4364/2020 (if approved) will prioritise dementia research in Brazil. So far, the Brazilian research institutions have been investing in research on dementia. Between 2002 and April 2019, a total of US$5,397,116.92 were invested in 66 research projects on dementia by the Department of Science and Technology through the Ministry of Health (Brazilian Ministry of Health, 2019g). At local level, agencies have been financing a number of studies. For example, the agency FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) has allocated 421 scholarships and research funds for dementia research, and when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, this number rises to 884 (however, we cannot distinguish whether these 884 research funds focus on Alzheimer’s disease only or cover Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia) (FAPESP, 2019).


Brazilian Ministry of Health. (2019g). Pesquisa Saúde.

FAPESP. (2019). FAPESP :: Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo.


The seventh action step focuses on research on cognitive function and dementia (Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia, 2015b).


Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia. (2015b). National Strategy: Management of Alzheimer and Other Dementia Diseases: Towards Healthy and Productive Older Persons. Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia.

Encouraging national research (basic, clinical, epidemiological, and social) on this disease is essential to generate new knowledge to promote better management of the disease to optimise the quality of life of family members and people with dementia.