International guest and Australian dementia champion tour for Brain Awareness Week
To coincide with Brain Awareness Week Dementia Australia, the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research and Equity Trustees – Wicking Trust are hosting a series of free lectures around Australia.
Harry Johns, President and CEO of the American Alzheimer’s Association visited Melbourne on Tuesday 14 March.
Talking about dementia from the American perspective, Mr Johns presented Dementia Research - An Urgent International Priority covering the work of the Alzheimer’s Association in the context of international dementia research. The Wicking Trust and Dementia Australia supported Mr Johns’ visit.
Mr Johns was joined by Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty AO in Sydney on Wednesday 15 March and Canberra on Thursday 16 March.
Supported by the NNIDR, Professor Brodaty is one of the world’s leading researchers in dementia, a clinician, policy advisor and strong advocate for people with dementia and their carers.
Professor Brodaty will be presenting Dementia – Inspiring Hope, Retaining Realism and cover developments in diagnosis and treatments, maintaining quality of life for people with dementia and their families, as well as an update on the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
The public lectures are free and Professor Brodaty continued the lecture tour in Brisbane this week, he also will visit Melbourne, Hobart, Darwin, Perth and Adelaide into April.
Brain Awareness Week, held from March 13-19, is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research including the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, stroke, schizophrenia and depression.
The J.O. & J.R. Wicking Trust (The Wicking Trust) was established under the terms of the Will of the late John Oswald Wicking, following his death on 11 June 2002 and is managed by Equity Trustees. It is now one of Australia’s most significant charitable trusts distributing around $4.5 million annually.
The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (The Dementia Institute) has been established to target, co-ordinate and translate the strategic expansion of dementia research in Australia.