Tackling Alzheimer’s and dementia

The latest research into the prevention and treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s is the focus of a major conference in Sydney this week.

The fifth National Dementia Research Forum under the Australian Government’s Health Priority Initiative is hosted by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre based at the University of New South Wales, and will be officially opened by the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, with an introduction by the President of Alzheimer’s Australia, Ita Buttrose.

Showcasing the work of the country’s three Dementia Collaborative Research Centres, the Forum provides updates on the latest research in diagnosis, treatment and management, and gives a platform for new researchers to gain skills and develop their ideas.

The theme of the Forum is Translating Research into Practice. The conference will bring together a diverse group of participants, including health professionals, aged care workers, researchers, clinicians, service providers, policy makers, carers and people with dementia.

International keynote speaker is Prof John Breitner, from McGill University in Canada. Prof Breitner is Director of the new Centre for Studies on Prevention of AD (StoP-AD) at the Douglas Mental Health Research Institute in Toronto and is a geriatric psychiatrist and epidemiologist who has devoted his career to Alzheimer’s disease (AD), its risk factors and their implications for its prevention.

Plenary sessions on mind and body exercise; exercise and cognition; comorbidities of dementia; and updates on the research being carried out across the three centres will also be held.

Click here for the full program.

To mark World Alzheimer’s Day tomorrow Wednesday 21st September, a free public talk, Alzheimer’s and You: prevention and treatment of dementia, will be held 6-7.30 pm at the Wesley Centre, 220 Pitt St Sydney. For more information, click here.

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