Dementia Institute update

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) National Institute of Dementia Research

The Dementia Institute has been busy working to enhance collaboration and coordination between dementia researchers in Australia, and is looking forward to further funding announcements in 2016. In the coming months, the Institute will be launching a new website and engaging with members to set the agenda for future Australian dementia research.

The Boosting Dementia Research Initiative, and corresponding establishment of the Dementia Institute in 2015, highlight Australia’s commitment to the international momentum in accelerating dementia research.

The Dementia Institute would like to encourage Australian researchers to be involved with international colleagues in a call for working groups on brain imaging methods. The Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), the largest global research initiative aimed at tackling the challenge of neurodegenerative disease, have put the call out for working groups on brain imaging methods. Imaging techniques have helped advance our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. This call aims to support leading scientists and enhance studies in this area. More information in regards to the call and how to submit a proposal can be found here – the Institute will assist where possible.

The Institute invites all Dementia News readers to “Save the Date” for the inaugural NNIDR symposium. The Australian Dementia Forum, will be held in Brisbane at QIMR Berghofer (Queensland Institute of Medical Research) from 1-3 May 2016. NHMRC-ARC Dementia Fellows will attend and present at the event. There will be an upcoming announcement with further information on the symposium, including details of international speakers and networking opportunities, as well as registration details. An opening reception with a keynote speaker, followed by two full day sessions is planned.

There have been a number of significant and relevant international dementia funding announcements last year which will boost global dementia research capacity. In March, 2015 the U.K. government announced the Dementia Discovery Fund, a venture capital initiative to stimulate drug-discovery research, to which public and private donors have pledged $100 million. In December, 2015 the USA National Institutes of Health saw its budget climb by $2 billion per year, and importantly $385 million of that was earmarked for dementia research. Atlantic Philanthropies, the private Atlantic Foundation led by entrepreneur Chuck Feeney, has donated $177 million to establish the Global Brain Health Institute, to be managed at the University of California, San Francisco, and Trinity College in Dublin. The initiative will work to introduce care and prevention programs worldwide.