Early outcomes announced for $200mil investment in dementia research

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07 June 2018
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MEDIA CONTACT: Bojana Kos | P: 0401 882 153 | E: bojana.kos@nnidr.gov.au

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 — and for women it has eclipsed heart disease to be the leading cause,” Minister Wyatt said.

“It is estimated approximately 425,000 Australians live with dementia and that this figure will double over the next 30 years.

“Currently, there’s no cure for dementia, which is why it’s so important we continue to work together and invest in dementia research.”

The report provides details of 127 grants that have been awarded to 285 leading dementia researchers, working across 24 universities and research institutions through the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative. Seven case studies are also featured in the Report, detailing significant successes in dementia research across prevention, treatment, diagnosis and care.

Since 2015, the NNIDR has been targeting, coordinating and translating the strategic expansion of dementia research in Australia. By collaborating with researchers; engaging those living with dementia in research efforts and connecting with health professionals and policy makers, the NNIDR is committed to achieving the World Dementia Council’s international target – the identification of a disease-modifying therapy by 2025.

The full Early Outcomes Report is available here.