Bringing together Australia's best dementia researchers

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Media Release

28 April 2016

Australian Dementia Forum 2016

The inaugural Australian Dementia Forum 2016 will be held in Brisbane from 1 to 3 May 2016 and will feature an array of Australia’s foremost researchers on dementia alongside the leading experts from around the world.

The forum will provide a unique blend of research, education, stimulation and networking. The Forum will cover four main themes over 3 days including Diagnosis/Assessment; Care/Living with Dementia; Intervention/Treatment; and Prevention.

There will be feature keynote speeches by international and Australian experts including the 2015 Breakthrough Prize winner Professor John Hardy from the UCL Institute of Neurology in London, Australia’s Professor Glenda Halliday from NeuRA and UNSW, and Professor Pierluigi Nicotera from DZNE in Germany.

“Dementia is the most feared and biggest health issue facing the developed world. We must boost our efforts in research to be able to find both new medical breakthroughs and better application of existing knowledge,” Professor Peter Schofield from the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research said. 

“We already know that more than 350,000 Australians and a staggering 46.5million people worldwide are living with dementia, Without a medical breakthrough the number of people with dementia is expected to rise to 900,000 by 2050 in Australia alone.

“This is why bringing together Australia’s best dementia researchers is critical. One of the objectives of the Institute is to promote collaboration amongst the broad dementia research community and the Australian Dementia Forum is an effort towards this objective.”

The Forum will bring together leading researchers, people living with Dementia and their carer’s as well as health professionals to promote idea generation and collaboration.

It will also be a great opportunity to hear from the NHMRC - ARC Dementia Research Development Fellows and the work they will be undertaking as part of their fellowship. The fellows were part of $43 million in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) to boost dementia research.

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Media Contact: Kiki Josifovski, NNIDR Media (02) 6217 9172 | [email protected]