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Grants boost to help brightest young researchers dive into dementia research

Twenty of Australia’s best and brightest young scientists will share in $875,000 to conduct ground-breaking dementia research, as the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation’s 2015 grant recipients are announced.

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World Dementia Envoy To Visit

Earlier this year the British Prime Minister David Cameron, on behalf of the G7, appointed a World Dementia Envoy, Dr Dennis Gillings, to take lead on a global task force that focuses on facilitating research, developing dementia friendly communities and awareness initiatives, and improving health and social care systems.

The Australian Government will welcome the World Dementia Envoy to Australia as he visits from December 1-3 to discuss how we can best contribute to the international effort to find a cure or disease-modifying therapy for dementia by 2025.

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People with dementia need to stay physically active

A new discussion paper released by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is urging both health and aged care providers and governments to support people with dementia to remain physically active.

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$2.4 million provided to new and early career dementia researchers

Twenty five of Australia’s best and brightest dementia researchers have been awarded a share in $2.4 million by the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation (AADRF), thanks to the efforts of community donors and fundraisers who have helped fund this year’s AADRF dementia research grants program.

The Foundation’s Chair, Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty AO said:

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$18 million of new funds to support innovative dementia research

On Friday 17 October, the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) announced $540 million new funding for health and medical research. Of this, $18 million was awarded to 29 dementia research projects and researchers.

According to the NHMRC, the grants cover a range of innovative research projects, from genetic studies of twins, to studying the effects of an intergenerational activity program.

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Reducing the use of antipsychotic medications in people with dementia: a new approach

A new, free resource to help doctors decrease the over-prescription of antipsychotic medication in people with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia has recently been released.

The short film (below), Antipsychotics & Dementia: Managing Medications, has been developed in response to recent research which has found that antipsychotic medication, which can have serious side-effects, is used too frequently to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of
dementia.

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New Australian study on rare dementia helps map the emotional brain

A new Australian study published in the journal Brain has found that individuals diagnosed with corticobasal syndrome (CBS), a rare form of dementia, experience widespread deficits in emotion processing.

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Update: The emotion involved in caring for a parent with Younger Onset Dementia

Earlier in the year Dementia News highlighted the research of Karen Hutchinson, a masters students based at the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People (Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre). Her research is looking into the emotional well-being of young people having a parent with younger onset dementia and whether they need specialised support. You can read the previous article here.

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