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Throughout the world someone is diagnosed with dementia every 3.2 seconds. Dementia is the name for a group of symptoms caused by diseases that affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. Millions of people throughout the world live with dementia. Millions more families and friends live with the daily challenges of dementia. People of all ages, ethnicity and intellectual ability can be affected by dementia and while it is more common in people aged over 65, younger people are also affected. Dementia is distressing and progressive and its effects are far reaching.

Successful Applications

 

In 2017 two grants were awarded.

Dr Deidre Jansson received a grant for Mechanism of Blood Brain Barrier Loss in Alzheimer’s disease

Dr Susan Gee received a grant for Enriching the environment for people with dementia in an inpatient ward.

In 2015 Dr Rosemary Gibson was awarded a Small Project Grant for Sleep of people with dementia and carers in NZ.

In 2014 two grants were awarded.

Dr Etuini Ma’u received a grant for The utility of the Maze Navigation Test in predicting of on road driving performance .

Dr Prasadarao and researchers from the National Dementia Cooperative received a grant for An Integrative review of the New Zealand literature of dementias and related conditions.

In 2012, two grants were awarded.

Alison McKinlay was awarded a Small Project Grant for her project, How do older adults cope with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment.

Dr Kay de Vries was awarded a Small Project Grant for her project Exploration of family/whānau/caregivers of people with dementia about their experiences of end of life care.

In 2010, Miss Rosemary Gibson, Professor Philippa Gander, Dr Linda Jones and Professor Tony Dowell received a grant for the study Sleep of older people with dementia and those who live with them: Pilot of an intervention.

In 2009 Dr Matthew Croucher, Susan Gee, Margaret Francis, Rachael Beever and Gillian Bastion received a grant in the medical research category for the project A settling effect at a difficult time of day? Short term effects of Tai Chi in an inpatient psychogeriatric ward.

Professor John Miller and Viswanath Das received a grant for The effect of peloruside and other microtubule stabilizing agents on microtubule regulating proteins: Role in neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr Gary Cheung, Dr Richard Worrall, Dr Oliva Lee, Wendy Wright, Ester Wallace and Dr Carole Adamson received a grant for the study Driving assessment and beyond-An observational study.

 

The Alzheimers New Zealand Charitable Trust Inc. ensures issues that concern people with dementia and their families are a research priority. A Research Advisory Committee provides expert advice to the Trustees to ensure that top quality medical & social research on dementia is funded.

The Alzheimers New Zealand Charitable Trust is the Foundation Sponsor for the establishment of a network of Dementia Prevention Research Clinics throughout New Zealand. On Friday 8th April, 2016 the Auckland Dementia Prevention Research Clinic, the first of three clinics, was launched in the Centre for Brain Research. The Dunedin Dementia Prevention Research Clinic was launched on the 23rd February 2018 with the Christchurch clinic to be launched later in 2018. The goal of BRNZ’s Dementia Prevention Research Clinics is to recruit individuals with mild cognitive decline or the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and to provide them with thorough assessment and feedback on their condition together with the opportunity to be involved in longitudinal and intervention studies that aim to slow down the onset and/or progression of the disease. Since opening the Auckland Clinic has successfully trialled and established a template of clinical, cognitive, brain-imaging and blood collection and processing protocols on 60 people who have attended. It is the beginning of a great journey that combines the input of the community, clinicians and brain scientists.