Queensland Premier, the Honourable Campbell Newman MP, officially opened the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research (CJCADR) on 28 February.
Housed within the QBI building, CJCADR will address ageing dementia-related questions, as this disorder currently affects more than 321,600 Australians and is the country’s third leading cause of death after heart disease and stroke.
Speaking at the launch, Premier Newman said dementia research was vitally important and congratulated all those involved in the establishment of the new centre.
“Research leads to better healthcare practices, less disease, and improvements to quality and longevity of life. It also helps to address the significant pressures facing the public health system,” he said.
Australia’s first and only facility focussed entirely on research into the prevention and treatment of dementia is headed by world-renowned neuroscientist Professor Jürgen Götz.
QBI Director, Professor Perry Bartlett, who has overseen the establishment of the Centre, says the appointment of Professor Götz was a significant event in the development of CJCADR.
“A world-leader in Alzheimer’s disease research, Professor Götz has made several ground-breaking discoveries, including work published in the prestigious journals Science and Cell, which brought to light the molecular mechanisms underlying the loss of brain function in Alzheimer’s,” he said.
“His insights have been used toward developing new therapeutic approaches for dementia treatment, and we’re very privileged to have him leading our team of researchers.”
Along with early detection and preventative strategies, therapeutic intervention is key to minimising the social and economic impact of dementia in Australia.
“Without a significant medical breakthrough, the number of Australians living with dementia is expected to soar to almost 1 million by 2050,” says Professor Bartlett.
The CJCADR team has already made discoveries that are leading to the development of potential therapeutics to prevent onset, or slow the progression, of Alzheimer’s disease.
For more information about CJCADR and research developments to date, visit: www.qbi.uq.edu.au/cadr.
(Image: Premier Campbell Newman congratulates Professor Perry Bartlett after unveiling the official plaque)