Dementia Dispatch Issue 04, February 2016

  • Message from the Director
  • NNIDR Symposium update
  • NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow Profile
  • Important Dates
  • Call for Papers

From the Director’s Office
Professor John McCallum

Professor John McCallum

The NNIDR is well on the way with the planning for our inaugural symposium which is taking place in Brisbane at the beginning of May this year. It will be first in a series of Australian Dementia Forums with major international speakers. One of our primary goals at the Institute is to foster collaboration among the dementia research community and the Symposium is a big step along this route. We are particularly  looking forward to the opportunity to meet you all and discuss how we can better support dementia research into the future. The Institute was planned as a Secretariat supporting members nationwide. Over the next few months, we will be making contact with our members and work to develop a platform which encourages our researchers to communicate and collaborate. We have been making great strides in developing a more sophisticated online presence including a new website to assist with this process. Furthermore, our Expert Advisory Panel and Board met in February and are instrumental in guiding the Institute, through the Secretariat, on the development of dementia research in Australia

Best wishes
Professor John McCallum

NNIDR Symposium - Australian Dementia Forum 2016 Update

Venue:  QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia
Date: 1-3 May 2016

The inaugural NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research Symposium 2016 – the Australian Dementia Forum will be taking place over 3 days May. Brisbane will be the host city and the symposium will cover four main themes:

  • Diagnosis/Assessment
  • Care/Living with Dementia
  • Intervention/Treatment
  • Prevention

There will be feature keynote speeches by international experts including the 2015 Breakthrough Prize winner Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology in London); along with Professor Pierluigi Nicotera (DZNE in Germany); and Professor Glenda Halliday (NeuRA/UNSW). There will also be contributions from the NHMRC – ARC Dementia Research Development Fellows.
The symposium will provide a unique blend of research, education, inspiration and networking. This is an outstanding opportunity to participate in shaping the direction of future dementia research efforts.

Registration details to follow.

Hope to see you in Brisbane!

NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow Profile

Dr Genevieve Steiner

Dr Genevieve Steiner

National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at Western Sydney University

Dr Genevieve Steiner’s is a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow based at NICM at Western Sydney University.
Her background is in psychophysiology and as part of her fellowship, Genevieve is using psychophysiological research methods to explore the changes in cognition that occur in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), who have an increased risk of developing dementia. 

Genevieve will also be testing the mechanisms of action of a standardised Chinese Herbal Medicine (Sailuotong, SLT) in order to determine whether it may be useful as a treatment for MCI.  SLT has already shown great promise as a potential treatment for Vascular Dementia, with recruitment for a Phase III clinical trial now underway. 
Genevieve hopes that her findings will improve diagnostic methods and accelerate treatment development for people at risk of developing dementia.

Genevieve will be presenting some of her early findings at the 31st International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI2016) in Budapest, Hungary in April this year.  You can follow Genevieve’s research updates on Twitter.

The NNIDR wishes Genevieve all the best in her endeavours.   

Important Dates

  • EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) Call for working group funding– Closes 10  March 2016
  • Alzheimer’s Australia Consumer Summit –  15-16 March 2016
  • NNIDR Symposium – Australian Dementia Forum 2016 - 1-3 May 2016

Call for Papers

Have you published a research paper on dementia lately? Have you just had a paper accepted for publication? Let us know and we’ll include a link to it in our next issue! Simply reply to us with send a link to your paper.