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Dementia leading cause of death for women, second leading cause for all Australians

Dementia remains Australia’s second leading cause of death overall, and the leading cause of death for women, according to the Causes of Death 2017 Report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias accounted for 13,729 deaths, including 8,859 deaths of women, in Australia in 2017. The number of deaths from dementia has increased by 68% over the past decade, with the death rate increasing from 33.1 deaths per 100,000 people in 2008, to 41.6 in...

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International survey calls for greater awareness of dementia research

The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) welcomes this week’s release of key findings from the world’s largest Alzheimer’s survey, which has shown that responders were overwhelmingly willing to be involved in dementia research. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), in association with Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), Novartis and Amgen, conducted the survey of more than 10,000 adults across ten countries. The survey found that people’s willingness to become involved in...

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$18 million announced for National Dementia Network

    The Turnbull Government has today announced $18 million to establish the Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) – the largest single research program to be funded to date through the Government’s Boosting Dementia Research Initiative. “Accelerating innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of dementia is a global priority and research effort that Australia is proud to be a part of,” Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said. ADNeT will bring dementia researchers,...

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Early outcomes announced for $200mil investment in dementia research

The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) has today released details of the early outcomes of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative. Speaking at the International Dementia Conference in Sydney, Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, formally launched the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative Early Outcomes Report and said collaboration and investment were key to building on the advances in dementia research. “Dementia is the second leading cause of death in this country —...

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Neurodegenerative Disease and Contact Sports—Gandy Offers Better Diagnosis

Long-time Alzheimer’s researcher, Sam Gandy (Mt Sinai Hospital, NY) is combining new diagnostic criteria, higher-resolution brain scanning and a new method to determine what’s going on in people’s brains who have had multiple concussions and are experiencing difficulties with cognition. Gandy uses a compound called ‘Flortaucipier’, which binds to one of the proteins that build up in the brain to cause neurocognitive decline—to achieve almost the level of diagnosis that has in the past only been...

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$10 million Targeted Call For Research on Dementia in Indigenous Communities

The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) announces that the call for research on dementia in Indigenous Australians is open. “Dementia is one of the biggest health problems facing Australia and is experienced by Indigenous Australians at a much higher rate, and with an earlier age of onset, than other Australians,” said Janice Besch, Director, NNIDR. “In the past, this (issue) has been compounded by a lack of culturally appropriate diagnostic tools, which has resulted in the...

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Two Leading Dementia Experts Headline NNIDR Public Lecture Tour

The NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research commences its Public Lecture Tour 2017 during Brain Awareness Week with stops around the country throughout March and April 2017. Starting in Sydney on Wednesday 15 March 2017 for the official launch, the tour will provide an insider snapshot at the current state of dementia research in Australia, the work of the institute and the international perspective on dementia research. “The national tour will feature two of the world’s leading names in...

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Bringing Together Australia's Best Dementia Researchers

The inaugural Australian Dementia Forum 2016 will be held in Brisbane from 1 to 3 May 2016 and will feature an array of Australia’s foremost researchers on dementia alongside the leading experts from around the world. The forum will provide a unique blend of research, education, stimulation and networking. The Forum will cover four main themes over 3 days including Diagnosis/Assessment; Care/Living with Dementia; Intervention/Treatment; and Prevention. There will be feature keynote speeches by...

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Two Major Australian Dementia Studies Receive $2.6M To Partner With One Of The World’s Biggest Neurodegenerative Research Programmes

Identifying the right genes involved in dementia could be the breakthrough researchers are looking for to treat the debilitating disease, which is expected to affect 900,000 Australians by 2050. Two major Australian dementia studies will receive a share of more than $2.6 million in Australian Government funding to be part of the European Union Joint Programme for Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND), which was announced today by the Minister for Health, The Hon Sussan Ley. The European Programme,...

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76 Of Australia's Best New Research Fellows Receive Funding To Fight Dementia

More than $40 million will be shared among seventy-six new, early career researchers working to find a cure and innovative therapies for Dementia, as part of the Australian Government’s $200 million commitment to boost Australian dementia research. Director of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (Dementia Institute), Professor John McCallum, warmly welcomed today’s announcement. “Dementia is the most feared and biggest health issue facing the developed world. If we want to boost...

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