The Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation – Victoria was established in 2012 to distribute funds generously donated to Alzheimer’s Australia Vic for the purpose of research. The funds are used to provide research grants to Australian based dementia researchers, with priority given to projects with potential benefits for the 81,000 Victorians living with dementia and their families and carers.

Investment in research is vital if we are to find improved treatments for dementia and ensure people living with dementia have the best quality of life possible. Some of the leading dementia researchers in the world are working right here in Australia, and the Foundation is dedicated to supporting them.

The Foundation awards dementia research grants annually, in cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation. To date, we have distributed 11 research grants with a total value of $530,000. The Foundation is extremely grateful to everyone who has donated funds to help us achieve this. We are encouraged by the increasing support from Victorians who are clearly interested in supporting dementia research, and we are excited to see the potential contributions the funded research projects will make to the field.


Annual Dementia Grants Program

The annual research grants program is managed and administered by the national Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation on our behalf. Each year, applications are sought from Australian dementia researchers in February, with applications closing in April. Early career researchers are eligible to apply, as the aim is to help build Australia’s dementia research capacity. The grant applications received are subject to a rigorous external assessment process and are further considered by the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation’s Scientific and Medical Panel. Researchers are notified of the outcomes in November and funding can commence from the following January.

In 2015, the Foundation will offer six dementia research grants of $50,000 each. Four of these will be general research grants, with priority given to projects addressing our research priority areas. The highest ranked project will be awarded the Cecilia Margaret Hudson Dementia Research Grant. Two additional grants will be offered in the area of dementia prevention – the B B & A Miller Research Grant in Clinical Prevention of Dementia and the B B & A Miller Research Grant in Lifestyle Prevention of Dementia.


Projects Funded for 2015

Imaging the eye to diagnose pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease

Dr Hamid Sohrabi and colleagues at the McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Centre were awarded the Cecilia Margaret Hudson Dementia Research Grant. They will investigate a new imaging technique to detect Alzheimer’s disease pathology in the eye, as a potential test to diagnose the disease before symptoms emerge.

A therapeutic intervention in Alzheimer’s disease: Intranasal oxytocin administration to enhance emotion processing and reduce caregiver burden

Dr Donna McCade and colleagues at the Brain and Mind Research Institute will trial a new therapy, intranasal administration of oxytocin, to improve emotion recognition, social interactions and neuropsychiatric symptoms in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Improving quality of life for people with dementia: development and evaluation of a 3D virtual world

Dr Amir Hossein Ghapanchi and colleagues at Griffith University will trial a 3D Virtual World (3DVW) program for people with dementia living in residential care, to see if it improves quality of life.

Development and use of a context-rich virtual learning environment for practicing interpersonal communication skills

Dr Janet Beilby and colleagues at Curtin University will trial a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for communication skills training for professional and family carers.

Alzheimer's Australia Vic

The vision of Alzheimer's Australia Vic is a society committed to the prevention of dementia while valuing and supporting people living with dementia.

Our role includes policy and advocacy, community education and facilitating dementia research. Our services include: information provision, library, website and publications, educational courses and workshops; and support - advice, guidance and counselling programs.
National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500

Research Priorities

The Foundation’s priority is to fund research that is likely to directly benefit people with dementia, their families and carers. Grants have therefore generally been awarded to projects investigating psychosocial and clinical aspects of dementia, rather than to projects based in the lab. In consultation with the Alzheimer’s Australia Vic Consumer Advisory Committee and others, the Foundation’s Board have set five priority research areas for our grants program.

  • The less common forms of dementia (including frontotemporal dementia and Lewy body disease)
  • Assistive technologies to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their families
  • Supporting families and carers
  • Improving care of hospitalised patients with dementia
  • Translational research (moving evidence into practice)

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