Dementia

Most people with dementia and cognitive decline are older (though younger people can be affected too). As dementia affects a person's thinking and behaviour it can have a significant impact on everyday life. Our wide-ranging research in this area includes randomised controlled trials, longitudinal studies and projects focused on prevention and intervention.

We are currently recruiting for research projects. Click here.

Project leader for AIBL Active, FABS II and Stand Up and Go is Professor Nicola Lautenschlager.

AIBL Active: Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Active

Participants are recruited from volunteers participating in the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) flagship study, which is a multi-disciplinary prospective longitudinal study of ageing.

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Stand Up and Go

Stand Up and Go is investigating whether reducing sitting time and/or increasing physical activity may help people with Type 2 Diabetes reduce their risk of cognitive decline. We are currently recruiting for this project.

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Randomised Controlled Trial of analgesic medications to modify behavioral and psychological symptoms of Dementia

There is a growing recognition that the occurrence of agitation/aggression and other behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia may result from unmet needs, such as unrelieved pain. To date, there have been no randomised placebo controlled trials of analgesic medications shown to modify pain and thereby reduce BPSD.

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Evaluation of the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service Hospital Extension

The Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) is providing mentoring support to a sample of acute hospitals throughout Victoria. The key objectives of the Mentorship Program are to trial and evaluate appropriate DBMAS roles and models for BPSD capacity building in the hospital sector.

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