Blog: The Brain Dialogues

14 Aug 2018

Sydney Artist’s Body of Work to Support Dementia Research

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au In 1964, 34 year old Sydney-based painter Naomi Lewis was a proud finalist of the Archibald Prize.  50 years later in 2013, and with a history of her distinctive free-form art hanging throughout many Australian buildings including the Qantas first class lounges, The Hyatt in Canberra and St Vincent’s Hospital, this talented artist was diagnosed with vascular dementia. Last year, the artist - Naomi Lewis - passed away, leaving behind a rich body of work which will furnish an exhibition in her honour at the Ewart Gallery, Workshop Arts Centre in… Read More
11 Dec 2017

Findings from the Older Australian Twins Study

Pictured Left to Right: Suzy Forrester (OATS Administrative Assistant) & Vibeke Catts (OATS Study Coordinator)
Suzy Forrester (OATS Administrative Assistant) & Vibeke Catts (OATS Study Coordinator)
HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Established by CHeBA staff in 2007, the Older Australian Twin Study (OATS) is the largest and longest running Australian research study of its kind investigating healthy brain ageing. By studying older twins (aged 65+ years) over time, OATS allows researchers to investigate the complex interactions between multiple genetic and environmental factors which cause brain diseases. Over the last decade, OATS has generated over 32 published papers and contributed to 8 international consortia, providing valuable insights into healthy brain ageing and age-… Read More
25 Sep 2017

OPINION by Peter Chittenden, Managing Director Colliers International - Residential

Opinion by Peter Chittenden, Managing Director Colliers International - Residential
Peter Chittenden, Managing Director Colliers International - Residential
This article was originally published in the Australian Financial Review on 21 September 2017 (World Alzheimer’s Day) It is no secret that Australia has a rapidly ageing population, with those aged above 65 set to make up over 20% of the population within 10 years’ time1. While this is good news for the property industry as development in the aged care and retirement living space is critical, a crucial factor that requires direct consideration across the industry is that currently around 52% of all permanent residents in care have a diagnosis of dementia2. Dementia is now the second leading… Read More
14 Aug 2017

Yvonne Leung joins CHeBA as ICC-Dementia Study Co-ordinator

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au CHeBA post-doctoral research fellow Yvonne Leung brings experience in computer programming, experimental design and data analysis to her new role as study co-ordinator on the International Consortium of Centenarian studies of dementia  (ICC-Dementia consortium). “With a background in social work, psychology and interdisciplinary research on human-machine interaction, I look forward to contributing a different skill-set to ICC-Dementia to gain insights into healthy ageing and dementia in centenarian populations,” said Ms Leung. ICC-Dementia combines… Read More

ARIA Restaurant Sydney Continues Strong Support of The Dementia Momentum®

ARIA Restaurant Sydney Continues Strong Support of The Dementia Momentum
L-R: Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Patron of CHeBA's Maintain Your Brain Study, and Richard Grellman AM, Spokesman for The Dementia Momentum®
HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au With dementia estimated to cost Australia more than $14 billion in 2017, a number of Sydney’s senior executives attended ARIA Restaurant Sydney’s annual charity luncheon on 16 June to support The Dementia Momentum® initiative of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA). The event, held for the fourth consecutive year, aims to drive philanthropic support from the corporate community toward vital research at CHeBA to change the future of dementia incidence. Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Patron of CHeBA’s Maintain Your Brain Study, was MC for the event which… Read More
7 Aug 2017

CHeBA Professors Showcase Maintain Your Brain at AAIC 2017

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au CHeBA Co-Directors Professors Henry Brodaty and Perminder Sachdev showcased CHeBA’s Maintain Your Brain trial at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) held in London during 16-20 July. Two presentations about Maintain Your Brain were included in a session examining internet-based interventions to prevent cognitive decline, co-chaired by Professor Brodaty and Dr Edo Richard, Radboud University, Amsterdam. Maintain Your Brain is the world’s largest clinical trial for people aged 55-75 testing online tools designed to reduce… Read More
10 Jul 2017

CHeBA Champion’s Double Ironman for Dementia

KATE CROSBIE CHeBA Champion Warren King has continued his outstanding efforts as a fitness ambassador for the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing by competing in two Ironman 70.3km events in two months to raise dementia awareness and funds for research into healthy brain ageing. Following the Port Macquarie Ironman on May 7, Warren competed in Hawaii on June 3. As well as a desire to protect his own brain health in later life, Warren is inspired by the experience of friends who have been affected by the disease. “I have two very good friends whose fathers are both suffering with dementia so I… Read More
23 May 2017

Long Serving Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation Directors Farewelled

This article was originally published in the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation Annual Report 2015 – 2016 (PDF).   Thirty years ago, a passionate academic doctor had a vision... for dementia research in Australia to thrive. That individual, Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty AO became the driving force behind what is today the AADRF. After three decades at the helm of the AADRF, Professor Brodaty felt it was time to pass the baton and retire as Chair of the Board of Directors.   Professor Brodaty said back in 1984 the principles were simple, money raised for research should go… Read More
11 Jan 2017

Gym vs. Gym Tournament as CHeBA Fundraiser

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au MELISSA CHUNGUE On 2 February 2017, dedicated athletes from 5 prestigious gyms across Sydney will go head to head in a gym tournament in an effort to fundraise for The Dementia Momentum® initiative at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA). ALL I SEA will be hosting the fitness challenge which will see team members from 98 Riley St Gym, Complete Strength and Performance, Definition Fitness, Flow Athletic and Women of Treign go head to head in what is expected to be a fiercely competitive relay. Co-founded by 4 time-Olympic Gold Medallist Leisel… Read More
22 Nov 2016

DECRA Success for Star CHeBA Researcher

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Co-Leader of CHeBA’s Molecular Biology group at CHeBA, Dr Nady Braidy continued his outstanding research record when he was awarded an Australian Research Council/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) this month. The award provides funding for Dr Braidy to continue his ground-breaking research in the field of sirtuins. Sirtuins, or “silent information regulators” of gene transcription, are enzymes found in all life. Accumulating evidence suggests that they are key regulators of stress resistance, cell division and repair, and cell death.… Read More