Dementia Dispatch – NNIDR Public Lecture Tour 2017 Edition

NNIDR Public Lecture Tour starts next week. Register now!

NNIDR kicks off its National Public Lecture Tour Series in Sydney on 15 March 2017 during Brain Awareness Week and will continue through April with stops in all Australian states. The tour is part of the Australian Government’s Boosting Dementia Research initiative.

The free tour will feature 2016 Ryman Prize winner, Professor Henry Brodaty AO, Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney and will have stops in each capital city in Australia. The tour will provide an insider snapshot at the current state of dementia research in Australia and the work of the institute as well as the international perspective.

Harry Johns, President and CEO – USA Alzheimer’s Association will join Henry during Brain Awareness Week in Sydney on 15 March and Canberra on 16 March 2017. Harry Johns is a global leader in Alzheimer's and dementia advocacy, research and support

2017 Schedule



City (click the links below to register)

Wed 15 March

Harry Johns, Henry Brodaty


Thurs 16 March

Harry Johns, Henry Brodaty


Mon 20 March

Henry Brodaty


Tues 28 March

Henry Brodaty


Fri 31 March

Henry Brodaty


Mon 3 April

Henry Brodaty


Tues 11 April

Henry Brodaty


Wed 12 April

Henry Brodaty


This is your opportunity to learn more about Dementia and attain an exclusive insight on the latest prevention and care research from two leading Dementia experts.

The tour will be dementia friendly and supported by Alzheimer’s Australia. Consumers are strongly encouraged to attend.

The tour will also be a great opportunity for the dementia research community to come together along with consumers and the general public to forge stronger links for knowledge share and collaboration.

The lecture are free and registration is essential. These are limited capacity events.

Keynote Presenters

Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty AO
Dementia – Inspiring Hope, Retaining Realism

As well as being one of the world’s leading researchers in dementia Henry Brodaty is a clinician, a policy advisor and a strong advocate for people with dementia and their carers.

At the University of New South Wales, he is Co-Director of Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, Montefiore Chair of Healthy Brain Ageing and Director, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre. At Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, he is a senior psychogeriatrician and Head of the Memory Disorders Clinic.

Professor Brodaty is Immediate Past-President of the International Psychogeriatric Association and a former President of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and Alzheimer’s Australia and Chairman of Alzheimer’s Disease International. He is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research, Alzheimer's Australia National Ambassador and Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation Patron.

He has received many awards, most recently (2016), the Ryman Prize for the world’s best development, advance or achievement that enhances quality of life for older people.

Professor Brodaty has published over 500 papers, conducted many trials for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and is currently leading the world’s largest internet based trial for the prevention of dementia.

Harry Johns
Dementia Research - An Urgent International Priority

Harry Johns is President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association has driven the public discussion about Alzheimer's in America, raising it to unprecedented levels of recognition and support. The Association provides care and support in America 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with local services across the country, a toll free Helpline, and robust information for millions each month through its website.

The Association has also achieved significant public policy advances in America, including the passage of the National Alzheimer's Project Act and the creation of the National Alzheimer's Plan, the passage of the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act and increases in federal research investments that have more than doubled the available funding, including a $350 million increase in the past year. The Association's global leadership in research includes breakthroughs that have changed the trajectory of dementia research, with over $80 million currently invested in more than 20 countries as well as annually convening the world’s largest gathering of Alzheimer's and other dementia researchers.

Harry was appointed by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2011 to serve as a member of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services. Following the 2013 G8 Dementia Summit, he was named to the World Dementia Council. He also serves as CEO of the Alzheimer's Impact Movement and on the Executive Committee of Research in America. Prior to joining the Alzheimer's Association, he was one of the four members of the executive team of the American Cancer Society. Harry is a graduate of Eckerd College and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business.

Meet the new Institute Director, Janice Besch

The NNIDR National Public Lecture Tour 2017 will be chaired by the new NNIDR Director, Janice Besch.

Janice joins the NNIDR from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at the University of Western Sydney where she served as the Managing Director and was responsible for ensuring the viability of all programs, bench to bedside, and the translation of NICM programs from evidence into clinical practice and health policies.

The NNIDR has made significant progress towards growing the field of dementia research in Australia and Janice plans to further pursue the institute’s objectives in synthesising current research, outcomes focussed research translation and supporting innovative research efforts.

The tour presents a great opportunity to meet with and hear from Janice about her plans for the Institute.

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