Two leading scientists have secured £1 million to fund two groundbreaking studies into dementia.
The cash, which is being provided by the Alzheimer's Research Trust, will be used to fund two separate studies, one which will aim to identify genes which increase the risk of Alzheimer's and a second which will see a blood test which diagnoses the condition being developed.
Professor John Hardy of UCL Institute of Neurology will lead the gene sequencing project, while Professor Simon Lovestone of King's College London will be working on the blood test.
The trust has donated a massive £715,000 to Professor Lovestone's research, the highest ever single grant it has given.
Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said: "We are delighted to be supporting these important and promising projects in London.
These grants have only been made possible thanks to the efforts of our many supporters, whose donations we rely on to fund our research."
According to data from the Alzheimer's Society, there are around 750,000 people with dementia in the UK.