Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP has been taking on the role of Dementia Research Champion as part of World Alzheimer’s Month.

World Alzheimer’s Month runs throughout September, and the local politician has been supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK to encourage more people with and without dementia to register to take part in clinical trials across the nation, and ultimately find life-changing treatments sooner.

Throughout September, Mr Dorans was taking action in his role as a Dementia Research Champion, as new figures reveal significantly fewer people are taking part in dementia research, compared to those for other leading health conditions.

There are 1467 people estimated to be living with the condition in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock. Yet there are currently no treatments available in the UK that slow down or stop the diseases that cause dementia, such as Alzheimer’s.

The MP says more people taking part in dementia research is needed if life-changing treatments are to be discovered and encourages people living in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock to register with Join Dementia Research - the service which matches people to dementia studies in the UK.

“I’m proud to be a Dementia Research Champion and issue a clarion call encouraging people from all backgrounds to participate in dementia trials," Mr Dorans said.

"Research has the power to transform the lives of everyone affected by dementia – but it will take all of us to bring about the life-changing treatments people desperately need.

“Dementia is the greatest long term health challenge we face in the UK, and I am particularly keen to help ensure everyone who receives a dementia diagnosis in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock is made aware of the research opportunities available to them.

“I look forward to playing my part in the coming weeks, and working closely with Alzheimer’s Research UK to help drive progress in dementia research.”