National Science Week

Dementia is a national health priority and scientists are working hard to delay, prevent and ultimately find a cure. Alzheitmer's Australia and CRAHW DCRC hosted a stand in Melville Hall during Science week.

Podcast by Dr Ian MacDonald:

During the week of August 16-24 the National Science Week was held,  during which we celebrated science and the amazing work that scientists do to make the world a better place. Over the course of the week there were over 2000 plus events happening all over Australia to celebrate everything that is science. Last weekend Alzheimer’s Australia, along with researchers at the Australian National University, got involved in the action, where we had an exhibit set up promoting dementia research and the work of Alzheimer’s Australia in Canberra at a science fair day called SCIENCE IN ACTION. In this episode, I am chatting with Dr Moyra Mortby who kindly gave up her time on the weekend to help us promote dementia research. Dr Mortby is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing and is currently co-funded by the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation. Dr Mortby is studying the use of normative structural imaging databases to assess brain ageing across the adult lifespan. The focus of her research is the identification of cerebral differences associated with varying exposures to risk factors, biomarkers and cognitive outcomes. Other research interests include the investigation of risk factors associated with neuropsychiatric symptoms in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Listen as I chat to Moyra about her current research and some of the activities she got up to on the weekend.

The video is available to be viewed on the Dementia Research website.

Paul Barclay from ABC Radio National, Prof Kaarin Anstey and four Australian dementia advocates and researchers discussed how we should best advance towards a world without dementia.

Date & time

8am 16 August 2014

Location

The Australian National University and Questacon

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