Dementia research

Our research includes:

RAndomised trial to imProve the quality of lIfe of people with Dementia (RAPID trial) This study is testing a new approach to treating depressive symptoms in people with Alzheimer’s disease. About 50% of people with Alzheimer’s disease experience symptoms of depression. This study aims to test a new type of treatment called ‘cognitive bias modification’ or CBM. Improving Quality of Life for people with Alzheimer's disease and depression using brain training.

Fitness of the Ageing Brain II - FABS II  Our researchers are investigating whether physical activity can improve the memory and wellbeing of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) sufferers. This study follows on from previous work conducted. This phase of the study Fitness for the Ageing Brain Study II (FABS II) will study participants with mild to moderate AD and their cognitive response to a tailored physical activity program.  This research is being conducted in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane and is a randomised control trial.

Dementia in remote Indigenous Australians - KICA

The Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA) was developed in response to the need for a  cognitive screening tool for older Indigenous Australians (45 years plus) living in rural and remote areas. The health needs for remote or rurally located Indigenous people with dementia are complex owing to their location and cultural context. Prior to the development of KICA tool the extent of dementia and other cognitive impairment in this group has been hindered due to the lack of an available, culturally sensitive assessment tool. The KICA tool named after where the original research was conducted, comprises of a number of sections and assesses the person and carer. The KICA tool is now widely used remote or rural locations across Australia. Using the KICA tool our researchers have documented a serious and previously unrecognized Indigenous health problem that has major implications for future Indigenous health care. The prevalence of dementia amongst Indigenous Australians is substantially higher than in of the general population of developed and developing countries across all age groups (over the age of 45 years). For further information click here

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