World Class Research Grants for Dementia Research Awarded

Published on: June 22, 2020

The Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) is pleased to announce the successful applicants receiving World Class Research Large Grants for dementia research for 2020. The three grants of up to $600,000 each, have been awarded to research teams led by Professor Susan Kurrle, Dr Louise Mewton and Professor Olivier Piguet.

In making this announcement, DCRC Directors, Professors Kaarin Anstey, Elizabeth Beattie and Henry Brodaty congratulate the recipients on their outstanding research proposals and thank all applicants.

Professor Susan Kurrle, Southern New South Wales Local Health District – Golden Angels spreading their wings: Translating a volunteer dementia and delirium program from hospitals to residential care.

This project aims to improve quality of care for aged care residents with dementia and/or delirium by adapting an evidence-based hospital program that trains volunteers in person-centred care techniques.

Dr Louise Mewton, University of New South Wales – Healthier drinking choices and cognitive decline in older risky drinkers.

This project will address a gap in the literature on alcohol use as a target for dementia prevention. It aims to determine whether an online intervention adapted for older adults can slow cognitive decline and reduce risky alcohol consumption in older risky drinkers.

Professor Olivier Piguet, University of Sydney – Frontotemporal dementia or autism spectrum disorder? Refining the diagnosis of emerging social impairments in older adults.

This project aims to improve diagnosis in rare forms of dementia and differentiate other brain conditions, which will enable appropriate interventions and support services, improving the quality of life of individuals diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia or with autism

The DCRC gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Dementia Australia Research Foundation (DARF) Scientific Panel in reviewing the applications and awarding the grants.