NNIDR Australian Dementia Forum 15-17 October 2017, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Welcome

Dear Colleagues

The number of Australians with dementia is projected to nearly triple by 2050. This will place increasingly significant burdens on our society, healthcare system and economy. At present, there is no known effective therapeutic intervention that will cure or delay the progression of dementia; and not all identified risk factors can be modified (for e.g. age, gender, genetics). The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research was established by the Australian Government in 2015 with $200 million in new funding to address this significant health challenge through boosting dementia research.

It is in this context that we invite you to the Australia Dementia Forum: Progress on the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative, to take place in Melbourne between 15 and 17 October 2017. Timed to immediately precede with Alzheimer’s Australia’s 17th biennial conference, Be the change, the Forum will bring together Australia’s dementia researchers who are working to address the challenge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, providing fertile ground for accessing the latest research breakthroughs and exploring collaborations relevant to the NNIDR Strategic Roadmap for Dementia Research.

Forum speakers will include international and national keynote presenters, preeminent researchers, including from the Institute’s Dementia Research Team Grant holders and recipients of International dementia research funding, policy makers, and community and research leaders.

The Forum will also provide the 75 NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellows, who are reaching the mid-point of their four year program of research, an exciting opportunity to highlight their achievements to date. It is expected that the convening of Special Interest Groups and other networking events will round out discussions and provide the catalyst for new collaborations across the dementia research community.

The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) will also take the opportunity to share knowledge and information about its research activities, providing an initial overview of outcomes from the significant investment that the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative has made.

We look forward to welcoming you in Melbourne, Australia 15 – 17 October 2017.

Professor Colin Masters
Convenor, NNIDR ADF 2017