Without a medical breakthrough, the number of Australians with a diagnosis of dementia is expected to increase to more than 530,000 by 2025 and over 1.1 million by 2056. As dementia prevalence will continue to increase due to population ageing, novel and cost-effective approaches are needed to reduce the impact of the disease on people, their care partners and society.
Our research approaches
Studies by NeuRA researchers and others have shown that older adults who are socially isolated, physically inactive, or have low mood are at increased risk of developing dementia and frailty.
A diagnosis of dementia can lead to an overwhelming mix of emotions. Access to advice and support can help people regain control, plan for the future, and carry on living a life that is meaningful to them.
Our research discoveries
Our work at NeuRA is putting people with dementia at the centre of their care, by developing tools for people to identify their own risk of dementia and help clinicians develop personalised risk reduction plans and interventions. NeuRA’s dementia experts are not only improving disease management, but are investigating prevention mechanisms, alternative methods of treatment, and the environmental and genetic risks that influence a person’s susceptibility to neurodegeneration.
Every day, our researchers are making evidence-based recommendations to improve health outcomes and quality of life for Indigenous and non-Indigenous older Australians living in the community.
Our research leaders in Dementia
Professor Kaarin Anstey
Senior Principal Research Scientist
Dr Claire Shepherd
Director Sydney Brain Bank
Dr Bill Brooks
Senior Research Fellow (Honorary)
Dr Kylie Radford
Senior Research Scientist
Professor Tony Broe
Emeritus Senior Principal Research Scientist
Dr Craig Sinclair
Senior Research Scientist (Conjoint)
Dr Moyra Mortby