NNIDR improving dementia research in Australia

The Australian Federal Government has allocated more than $40 million to support 45 medical research projects across Australia, which will improve the lives of people living with dementia. 

The 45 projects receiving funding are critical to addressing dementia as a growing health issue and in advancing the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of dementia.

People living with dementia and their carers helped to set the priorities for these research projects and contributed to the expert review which picked the successful grants.

One of the projects, led by Dr Jamie Bryant at the University of Newcastle, will look at improving timely diagnosis and provision of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with dementia.

More than $1.2 million will go into support, identification and improved services for indigenous people living with dementia, led by Dr Bryant’s team, in close collaboration with Aboriginal Health Services.

Investigating ways in which dementia and diabetes are linked as well as considering prevention of both will be a key part of Dr Ryusuke Takech’s project based at Curtin University.

Finding ways to improve sleep as a way of reducing dementia will be a project led by Dr Craig Phillips from the University of Sydney.

They will explore the pathophysiological mechanisms that link disturbed sleep and circadian rhythm with cognitive impairment and dementia.

This research will investigate how circadian disruption in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea and mild cognitive impairment can affect the body and brain vascular function.

These projects will be administered by the Commonwealth’s peak research body, the National Health and Medical Research Council.

A full list of grant recipients is available on the NHMRC website: www.nhmrc.gov.au.

NNIDR Australian Dementia Forum

This year the NNIDR’s Australian Dementia Forum will be held on 15-17 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, immediately preceding Dementia Australia’s National Dementia conference Be the change.

The forum will bring together Australia’s dementia researchers who are working to address the challenge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, providing fertile ground for accessing the latest research breakthroughs and exploring collaborations.  

Forum speakers will include international and national keynote presenters, preeminent researchers, including from the Institute’s Dementia Research Team Grant holders and recipients of International dementia research funding, policy makers, and community and research leaders.

The forum provides a unique opportunity for the general public to engage with the research community and hear about the early outcomes from the $200 million Boosting Dementia Research Initiative.

Click here to register for the Australian Dementia Forum.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) is a key element of the Australian Government’s $200 million initiative to boost dementia research. The Institute is an initiative of the NHMRC and is hosted and administered by Dementia Australia National Office. The Dementia Institute targets, coordinates and translates the strategic expansion of dementia research in Australia. The Institute will collaborate with Australia’s best researchers while also drawing on the expertise of consumers, health professionals, industry and policy makers to translate evidence into policy and practice. Through collaboration, including with international partnerships, achieving a 5 year delay in the onset of dementia by 2025 is the international priority set by the World Dementia Council to which the Dementia Institute will make a significant contribution.

Pictured (left to right): Steve Irons, Federal Member for Swan; Dr Ryusuke Takechi (Curtin grant recipient); Dr Veer Bala Gupta (ECU grant recipient); Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt; Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry. Photo credit: Supplied by Curtin University