Meet Our Directors


Scientia Professor Perminder Sachdev   Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty

Scientia Professor Perminder Sachdev


Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty

Clinical Director, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI), Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Scientia Professor of Neuropsychiatry
University of New South Wales


Director, Aged Care Psychiatry & Head of the Memory Disorders Clinic, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Scientia Professor of Ageing & Mental Health
University of New South Wales

Centre Director, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Assessment & Better Care (DCRC-ABC)


Our Purpose

The Centre will be positioned as an international centre of excellence in multidisciplinary research into the ageing brain. Its work will extend from molecular work in the genetics and proteomics laboratories, to tissue culture and cell-related work in the Stem Cell Lab, to neuronal systems and networks in the Neuroimaging Lab, to clinical, epidemiological and sociological research, to research on ageing health policy using its strong links with teaching hospitals, aged care providers, state and federal governments and its established ageing cohort studies.  Its work will strongly emphasise implementation, capacity building and translational research. 

Our Vision

Our vision is to achieve, through research, healthier brain ageing and better clinical care of age-related brain diseases.

Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance the evidence base in relation to prevention, early detection, and treatment of age-related disorders, in particular brain diseases, and improve the health care of individuals affected by these diseases.


The Centre aims to conduct multidisciplinary research into ageing in health and disease, and be involved in knowledge dissemination and translational research.  The Centre will focus in particular on the following:

  • Determine the pathway of normal and abnormal brain ageing in the community.
  • Identify risk and protective factors for abnormal brain ageing.
  • Determine the prevalence of age-related neurodegenerative and cerebrovascular disorders.
  • Identify biomarkers for brain disorders.
  • Investigate the pathophysiology of brain diseases so that novel treatments can be discovered.
  • Conduct treatment trials of novel drugs and other strategies.
  • Conduct educational activities for a workforce involved in the care of the elderly, especially those with dementia.
  • Design models of assessment and care using the latest research evidence.
  • Develop research programs in special populations, e.g. young-onset dementia, dementia in intellectual disability.

Our Functions and Goals

The functions of the Centre are to:

  • Build capacity and research capability for age-related research, in particular brain research.
  • Support the development and sharing of infrastructure for research across different Schools and Faculties of UNSW.
  • Build relationships between the Centre and other similar centres in Australia and overseas.
  • Build relationships between the Centre and the industry involved in the treatment and care of the elderly.

This will be achieved through:

  • Strengthened collaborative research programs among staff and partners locally, nationally and internationally, supported by increased peer-reviewed grants and commissioned research.
  • Development of specialised research facilities and laboratories that give the Centre a clear competitive advantage over competitors nationally and internationally, both in the quality and nature of research that can be conducted, and in the attractiveness of working at UNSW for new staff.
  • Extensive linkages with practitioners and policy makers at local, state and national levels to improve relevance and impact of research.
  • Increased numbers of skilled researchers undertaking research and evaluation activities in this field.
  • Enhancing numbers of post graduate research students.
  • Exercising enhanced influence via dissemination and transfer of research findings through publications, presentations and forums with a focus on academic, practitioner and policy maker audiences.

Our Governing Structure

  • The Centre Steering Committee is the major decision making board for CHeBA. Centre Steering Committee members provide leadership across the Centre, are responsible for developing the Centre's strategy, advise on the Centre's operations and financial position, new partnership and funding opportunities. The founding Co-Directors of CHEBA are Professor Perminder Sachdev and Professor Henry Brodaty, who report to the Dean of Medicine, UNSW. The Centre Steering Committee Members are:

    • Professor Terry Campbell, Senior Associate Dean, Chair of CHeBA Steering Committee
    • Professor Philip Mitchell, Head of School of Psychiatry, UNSW Australia
    • Professor Henry Brodaty, Co-Director of CHeba
    • Professor Perminder Sachdev, Co-Director of CHeBA.
  • The CHeBA Advisory Committee is a group of senior academic and business leaders with an interest in furthering brain ageing research. The role of the CHeBA Advisory Committee is to assist and guide the Directors and Centre's Steering Committee on matters of strategy, fund-raising, policy, marketing and media, specifically to:

    • Enhance the profile and community awareness of the Centre and its aims
    • Facilitate the development of more effective infrastructure for the Centre, such as specialised research facilities and laboratories, IT networks, equipment and training support services
    • Facilitate sponsorship for the Centre's activities, through various mechanisms for example, directly through personal networks via donation or service provision and introductions to potential high end donors, and indirectly by creating sponsorship oppportunities
    • Provide advice specific to areas of expertise of the Committee members, e.g. legal, government relations, business development strategy, marketing strategy and media.


Our Funding Sources

  • ARC
  • Alzheimer's Australia
  • Australian Rotary Health Research Fund
  • Dementia Research Collaborative Centre (DCRC), UNSW
  • UNSW - Various
  • Thomas Foundation
  • The Montefiore Home
  • The Sachdev Foundation
  • The Yulgilbar Foundation


PJ Lane, CHeBA Ambassador

CHeBA Advisory Committee

PJ Lane, CHeBA Ambassador CHeBA Advisory Committee


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