Dementia Dispatch Issue 13, November, December 2016

NNIDR Update – Boosting Dementia Research opportunities now open

Two new Boosting Dementia Research schemes have been announced and are now open.

Boosting Dementia Research Grants Opportunity

The Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme Priority Round 1 will support applications that focus on implementing dementia research into clinical practice and care. PR1 is providing up to $18 million in funding to support applications that improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers through increasing the quality of care.

This Round opened on Wednesday 23 November 2016, and minimum data are due on Wednesday 18 January 2017.  Applications for the scheme will close on Wednesday 8 February 2017.

Boosting Dementia Research Grants – OPEN

Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship Opportunity

The Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowships support mid-career researchers to transition to leadership positions in dementia research.

Applications are invited against the five priority framework themes of prevention, assessment and diagnosis, intervention and treatment, living with dementia, and care.

This scheme opened on Wednesday 23 November 2016, and minimum data are due on Wednesday 18 January 2017.  Applications for the scheme will close on Wednesday 8 February 2017.

Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship Scheme – OPEN

For more information regarding these opportunities, please visit https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants-funding/apply-funding

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Fellow Profile

Dr Scott Ayton, NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the University of Melbourne

Scott Ayton

Dr Scott Ayton is a neuroscientist and NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the University of Melbourne.

Scott completed a bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience with first class honours at Monash University in 2007, before undertaking a PhD in Neuroscience at Melbourne University. During his PhD, Scott trained in basic neuroscience, using animal models and cell culture systems to investigate the contribution of iron to the progression of Parkinson’s disease. These results were published in Annals of Neurology, Nature Medicine, Journal of Neuroscience and Molecular Neurodegeneration.

After completing his PhD in 2012, Scott began a post doc with Professor Ashley Bush at the Florey Institute, and in 2014 he received a fellowship from Alzheimer’s Australia. During this time, Scott continued to pursue basic research in neurodegenerative diseases, but broadened his focus into clinical research and biomarker discovery.  

His work using iron-related measurements in CSF to predict the progression of Alzheimer’s disease was published in Nature Communications and JAMA Neurology. Scott’s current research will continue to develop fluid and imaging biomarkers of iron, to investigate what impact iron has on advancing clinical deterioration in Alzheimer’s disease, and whether these could be used as biomarkers to predict disease progression.

What’s on in Dementia Research

This section highlights activities or events that may be of interest:

Dementia advocate Kate Swaffer named South Australian of the year

Kate Swaffer

Prominent Dementia advocate Kate Swaffer has been named South Australian of the year for her work on advocating for better services and outcomes for the 354,000 Australians who have received a diagnosis of dementia. Congratulations Kate and keep up the good work.

Alzheimer’s Australia ACT – Research Forum on Dementia
Great Expectations Inspiring Hope Through Research

Save the Date: Monday, 27 February 2017
Location: to be confirmed

This Alzheimer’s Australia ACT event will bring together the leading minds in dementia research to Canberra. For more details including future announcements on keynote speakers and official program, please visit https://act.fightdementia.org.au/events

To submit your event, send the event details to Nnidr.admin@alzheimers.org.au

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 send a link to your paper to nnidr.admin@alzheimers.org.au

Share your story 

If you have a story to share on dementia, whether its research or personal experience, please contact nnidr.admin@alzheimers.org.au or phone 02 6217 9172. Your story may be published in the next newsletter, or used as vignettes in Institute-related communication materials, or created into a feature story and pitched to the media