Australian Dementia Forum 2017

The NNNIDR Secretariat would like to thank all of our members who were able to attend the Australian Dementia Forum (ADF2017) in October. It was a great event, bringing together Australia’s leading dementia researchers who are working to address the challenge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and share their research.  The conference was formally opened by The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health. Opening messages were also provided by Janice Besch, the Director of NNIDR, and Professor Colin Masters, the Chair of the Program Committee.  Professor Sam Gandy, of Mt Sinai Hospital, New York City, was the International Keynote speaker during the opening session of ADF2017. His talk was wide ranging, considering the challenges faced by both researchers and drug companies in relation to dementia, setting the scene for the following days of discussion. 

Following the keynote by Professor Gandy, the social evening was graced by a performance from the Musical Memories choir led by NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow, Dr Jeanette Tamplin.

The choir helps people living with dementia to better connect with their carers and each other and communicate through singing.  The areas of the brain associated with memory and emotion remain active right into the late stages of dementia, which makes music a unique rehabilitative tool for people struggling with speech and memory.

Over the following two days of ADF2017, there was a great line up of researchers from all career stages, working across all five priority areas of the NNIDR: prevention, assessment and diagnosis, intervention and treatment, living with dementia, and care.

The following researchers were awarded best poster for each of themes, to read their full abstracts you can access the abstract book below or log in to the Members portal to view their posters. 

Assessment and Diagnosis

Dr Lesley Cheng from La Trobe

Brain enriched miRNA exosomal biomarkers associated with Alzheimer’s disease are detected in serum exosomes


Dr Victor Anggono from the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia



Dr Ashleigh Smith from the University of South Australia

Moderate to vigorous physical activity is associated with EEG global power in older adults

Living with Dementia

Dr Jeanette Tamplin from the University of Melbourne

Musical Memories: Connecting community-dwelling people with dementia and their family caregivers through song


Ms Deborah Brooks from Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration: Carers and Consumers, Queensland University of Technology (QUT),

Preparing carers of community-dwelling people with dementia for natural disasters: The Carer Ready Guide

For further information follow the link to the Carer Ready Guide:

And Best Presentation was awarded to; 

Dr Shaun Frost from CSIRO

Eye Imaging for early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease