Dementia forum brings prominent dementia researcher to Canberra

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The possible link between traumatic brain injury, concussion, and dementia will be a focus at this year’s Dementia Australia’s Keep Your Life In Mind: Dementia Research to Practice Forum, to be held on Monday 19 March 2018 at the Hellenic Club in Canberra.

Dr Fatima Nasrallah from the Queensland Brain Institute will speak on the growing evidence of a possible link between traumatic brain injury and the development of dementia. Traumatic brain injuries result from an external impact to the head that are classified as either mild (concussion), moderate and severe. They can disrupt normal brain function and may affect a person’s mental abilities in the long term.  

According to Dr Nasrallah, the link between traumatic brain injury and dementia is complex and not well understood. However, evidence suggests that exposure to a single or repetitive traumatic brain injury is one of the strongest risk factors for the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. Her talk will highlight the potential of neuroimaging in the diagnosis of the pathological link between traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease.  

Medical research had shown that adults with a history of moderate traumatic brain injury have a 2.3 times greater risk of developing dementia than those with no history of head injury, and those with a history of severe traumatic brain injury had a 4.5 times greater risk of developing dementia[1].

Dementia Australia’s, Regional Director ACT, Petrea Messent said that the forum is about living well with dementia and maintaining and preventing cognitive decline,” she said.

“Every day medical research is increasing our understanding of dementia and applying the knowledge that we learn is critical to ensure that we reduce the risk of more Australians developing dementia.”

Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians, and is the leading cause of death for Australian women[2].

The forum is open to allied health professionals, aged care professionals, people living with a chronic disease and carers, tertiary students, policy makers, and members of the public with an interest in healthy ageing and the latest dementia research.

For more information on how to book your tickets, please visit:

Note to media: Dr Fatima Nasrallah is available for phone interviews.


[1] Guo Z, Cupples L, Kurz A et al. Head injury and the risk of AD in the MIRAGE study. Neurology 2000;54:1316-23.

[2] Australian Bureau of Statistics (2017) Causes of Death, Australia, 2016 (cat. no. 3303.0)

Dementia Australia is the national peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 425,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million by 2056. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia.

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