The third Annual NNIDR Australian Dementia Forum (ADF2018) was held in Sydney on 4-5 June. This year’s theme was ‘Cooperation, Collaboration and International Connections’.
Building on last year’s Forum success, the ADF2018 aimed to encourage collaboration and capacity building across Australia’s network of dementia researchers, and greater connection with international research teams, similarly dedicated to tackling the challenge of dementia.
Researchers submitted over 179 abstracts and of these 45 were selected for presentation at ADF2018, with a further 93 poster presentations across three poster sessions. Three international keynote speakers participated in ADF2018, with a further keynote address delivered by NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellow, Dr Carol Dobson-Stone.
Our international keynotes, Dr Rachel Whitmer from the University of California Davis, Simon Denegri OBE from the National Institute for Health Research (UK) and Professor Joseph Gaugler from the University of Minnesota, each shared their insights across risk reduction, care, and living with dementia.
This year the NNIDR provided travel scholarships for consumers involved in research to co-present their work with researchers, and for international early career researchers to develop meaningful networking connections with their Australian counterparts. These scholarships allowed our delegates to hear from consumers, carers and advocates, like John Quinn and Glenys Petrie, and Isabelle Burke, whose unique perspectives and impact resonated with delegates, and provided a complete picture of the field of dementia research.
The ADF2018 also included the Public Involvement in Research Workshop facilitated by Anne McKenzie AM from the University of Western Australia, and Simon Denegri. The workshop provided a unique opportunity for consumers and researchers to consider ways in which to further encourage consumer involvement in dementia research.
Congratulations to the many people involved in planning the ADF2018 – it was a great event. Planning is currently underway for the fourth Australian Dementia Forum in 2019. Details to be announced shortly – stay tuned to find out what we have planned in Hobart next year.