Florey Events

Posted on 30/06/2015

Diagnosing dementia – what does the future hold?

In conjunction with ABC Radio National, Paul Barclay

This event was recorded for ABC Radio National.  Listen to the recording here (mp3 podcast) or visit the ABC's page to download a copy. (approx 24mb)


Diagnosing dementia – what does the future hold?

Join Paul Barclay (Host, ABC Big Ideas) and an expert panel as they discuss this very topic about how we might be able to detect and diagnose dementia into the future. They will also talk about why this research is an important step forward for finding a treatment and even a cure and when these techniques might become a reality.


  • Mr Graeme Samuel (National President, Alzheimer’s Australia)

  • Professor Ashley Bush (Head, Oxidation Laboratory, the Florey and Chief Scientific Officer, CRC for Mental Health)

  • Dr Rachel Buckley – (AADRF Fellow, Melbourne University)

  • Dr Shaun Frost – (Research Fellow, Preventative Health Flagship, CSIRO)

There are currently few reliable methods to detect the early signs of dementia and it is becoming more evident that if we can treat dementia early, before symptoms occur and too much damage is caused, the progress of the condition can be stalled.

Over the past few years, significant progress has been made towards techniques which could diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia 10-20 years before symptoms occur. A simple blood test, eye imaging, brain scans and memory tests are all apart of future for a dementia diagnosis but what do they actually tell us, how accurate are they and if you could know, would you want to?

This event is being organised as part of organisations working in the field of dementia research and care, and keeping the public informed of our work today and future prospects. 


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