RESEARCHERS from outside the traditional medical fields are being encouraged to pursue funding for collaborative projects that delve into cutting-edge approaches to dementia knowledge.
Applications from any research discipline - clinical, biomedical or psychosocial - are being challenged to submit projects that have fresh and innovative approaches, involve early career researchers and support ongoing engagement with those directly affected by dementia, including people living with dementia and their families and carers.
Professor Graeme Samuel AC, chair of the Dementia Australia Research Foundation, said the newly announced $1 million grant, which is jointly funded with the Yulgilbar Foundation, is open to high calibre researchers, especially ones from outside the field of traditional dementia research.
John Quinn, who lives with dementia, said research provides hope for the many Australians currently living with dementia.
"Any dementia research should involve a partnership between researchers, clinicians, people living with dementia, if appropriate, care partners and family," the 66-year-old said.
"The lived experience of dementia adds authenticity and credibility to the research and ultimately, I believe it will lead to better quality health outcomes for consumers. Consumers should be involved from the beginning to the end."
The Yulgilbar Foundation's Scientific Director Professor Bob Williamson said that the three-year Innovation grant will support a high-quality, and hopefully, paradigm-changing program of research to transform the landscape of dementia research.
"At a million dollars, this grant is big enough to attract researchers from exciting new fields of research to make a career-defining difference to the lives of people living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers, and to have a global impact on the future health and lifestyle outcomes for generations to come.," Professor Williamson said.
For more information, go to www.dementia.org.au/research/grants.