ALZHEIMER’S research is facing a critical turning point after 20 years of failed inquiry, according to its research chief.

The killer disease affects thousands of Britons, but scientists are no closer to finding a cure despite years of research.

Dementia is the leading cause of death in England and Wales, costing the UK£24billion a year in treatment and care.

Bart de Strooper, director of the new £250million Dementia Research Institute, said that past lines of inquiry have been too narrow.

He added: “In the past we researchers have had too simplistic an approach to dementia.

“But what is emerging is that these brain diseases are highly complex with many processes, not just one. We need to make our research more nuanced.

“In five years’ time I would like to see half a dozen drugs in development and one or two being tested on patients.”

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