People and Teams

The DCRCs are people - working together in a wide range of networks and teams across three centres

Explore the DCRCs using our directory dashboard below

  consumer representatives
             
 

Can't find someone specific? Please send us an email

       

 

 

Thank you for considering a donation or bequest to the DCRCs 

Donations to the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres provide vital support for dementia research - from the quest for a cure to improving quality of life for persons with dementia and their carers.

How to make a donation

  • If you wish to make a donation now, please direct your gift to one of the three DCRCs using the details below. 
  • If you would like to clarify arrangements on how to set up memorial gifts, please contact the Centre Manager 
How to make a bequest
  • If you are considering a bequest or gift from an estate, please contact the Centre Manager of your preferred DCRC for a confidential discussion of your needs and plans

Donations to the DCRC-ABC are accepted through the
Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at the
University of New South Wales

 

Donations to the DCRC-EDP are accepted through the Endowments Office of the Australian National University

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to donate to the DCRC-CC.

 

Thank you for considering a donation or bequest to the DCRCs 

Donating to the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres gives vital support for dementia research - from the quest for a cure to improving quality of life for persons with dementia and their carers.
 
How to make a donation
  • If you wish to make a donation now, please direct your gift to one of the three DCRCs using the details below.
  • If you would like to clarify arrangements on how to set up memorial gifts, please contact the Centre Manager
    If you would like to clarify arrangments for memorial gift giving, please contact the Centre Manager of your preferred DCRC for a confidential discussion.
How to arrange a bequest
  • Please contact the Centre Manager of your preferred DCRC for a confidential discussion of your needs and estate planning requirements.
     
 

Donations to the DCRC-ABC are accepted through the
Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at the
University of New South Wales

Donations to the DCRC-EDP are accepted through the Endowments Office of the Australian National University

Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details on how
to donate to the DCRC-CC.

 

Meet The Centres

 

 

   


 

There are three Dementia Collaborative Research Centres (DCRC) across Australia, each with priority research topics. Click on the buttons below to meet each centre:

     

 

We appreciate your interest in the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres (DCRCs). Answers to some questions about the DCRCs are listed below.
You can also download our brochure.

 

   

What are the "Dementia Collaborative Research Centres" ?

 

The Dementia Collaborative Research Centres are a network of teams across three research centres - sharing expertise by collaborating between centres and with other stakeholders in dementia research. The collaborative emphasis ensures highest quality science, and a commitment to put research findings into practice (Knowledge Translation).

 

For a brief history of the DCRCs, and the network structure of the
collaboration, read Professor Henry Brodaty's welcome in this 2008 report.

   

How many DCRCs are there?

  There are three Centres. To enable a broad range of research types to be conducted, each of the three Centres has a particular research focus.
 

DCRC Assessment and Better Care
LOCATION: New South Wales (University of New South Wales)
FOCUS: issues in assessment of dementia and improving care.

 

DCRC Carers and Consumers
LOCATION: Queensland (Queensland University of Technology)
FOCUS: quality of life and care for people with dementia and carers

 

DCRC Early Diagnosis and Prevention
LOCATION: Australian Capital Territory (Australian National University)
FOCUS: early detection and diagnosis of dementia, and risk

reduction and prevention of dementia.

   

What does the DCRCs' mission statement mean?:
"Translating Dementia Research Into practice"

  The DCRCs are a premier research network within Australia targetting dementia. Completing research is only the start of the story - to make a difference in the fight against dementia, the outputs of that research must 'count' - i.e. be put into practice.
  "Knowledge translation" describe the range of initatives and methods for putting new knowledge into practice. While each of the DCRCs has a different research focus, each DCRC is committed to knowledge translation
 

 


Visit our page on Knowledge Translation to see examples of DCRC research making a difference in the fight against dementia.

   

How is DCRC research funded?

 

The Dementia Collaborative Research Centres receive core funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC). This funding includes a protected budget to support Knowledge Translation of research findings.

 

Individual research projects typically apply for funding from competitive sources, including projects grants from the NH&MRC, the ARC (Australian Research Council) and various philanthropic foundations and schemes.

 

Dementia research benefits from donations from generous individuals keen to find a cure for dementia and, in the meantime, to improve quality of life for persons with dementia and their carers. The DCRCs rely on funding to conduct and apply our research - and we welcome donations to support our programs.

   

What sort of research is conducted by the DCRCs?

 

The DCRCs research agenda is diverse and topics include:

 
  • relationship between lifestyle and brain health

  • techniques to diagnose dementia sooner

  • educational resources for health professionals

  • quality of care for people with dementia

  • understanding need of carers

  • independent healthy living in the community

  • new treatments for dementia

  • palliative care

 

Visit our page on Dementia Research to learn more about DCRC projects and how to get involved.

   

Do the DCRCs work with other organisations?

  The three DCRCs each have multiple collaborators comprising many of the top Australian and international researchers, community groups and service providers. Some of our key partners can be found here.
 

In addition, the DCRCs are working closely with the Consumer Dementia Research Network, the National Dementia Quality Care Network and other components of the National Dementia Initiative including the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services and the Dementia Training Study Centres.

 

An important component of the DCRCs is capacity building, this means enhancing the ability of Australian clinicians and researchers to undertake applied dementia research, encouraging new researchers, providing scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships and providing a platform for grant applications through NHMRC and other funding bodies

   
 


Do you have another question about the DCRCs?

Please get in touch

 


 

 

Learn about the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres

The DCRCs are people - working together in a wide range of networks and teams across three centres

Explore the DCRCs using our directory dashboard below. For more information about DCRC governance and answers to frequently asked questions, click on 'Meet the centres'

             

Can't find someone specific?

Use the website function at the top of this page,
or please send us an email

 

 

 download the DCRC brochure.

How many DCRCs are there?

In 2006 the DCRCs commenced as a three site collaborative, each with a distinct set of research priorities. Over time the network grew, research questions were answered, and new ones emerged. The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Reserch (NNIDR) was established in 2015. The DCRC is now part of the NNIDR as a unitary network of projects addressing a single set of national research priorities emphasising knowledge translation.

The DCRC governance structure has been under review to facilitate bringing the research programs into a unified program under the NNIDR. In June 2017, under the NNIDR, the 3 DCRC centres have been unified and renamed the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) while retaining 3 ‘hubs’ at the original sites mentioned above. Alzheimer’s Australia is the auspicing body for the NNIDR, and NHMRC has responsibility for outputs.

The DCRC is managed by an NNIDR executive committee comprising Janice Besch (NNIDR Director), Chris Pettigrew (deputy director NNIDR), Professor Kaarin Anstey, Professor Elizabeth Beattie and Professor Henry Brodaty (3 hub directors) and a national NNIDR KT manager (to be appointed).

For further information, please consult this communications pack prepared by an external consultant.

For continuity with core programs of work during this transition period, the three university sites in the DCRC network still nominally identify with the original centre names:

Prof Brodaty talks about research at DCRC-ABC
   University of New South Wales
   Queensland University of Technology
    Australian National University

for a brief DCRC history and early collaboration structure, read this 2008 report

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What does the mission statement mean? "Translating Dementia Research Into practice"

Completing dementia research is only the beginning.To make a difference in dementia, the research outputs must 'count', i.e. be put into practice.Visit the DementiaKT hub to learn more about Knowledge Translation (KT) and find resources based on DCRC research, expertise, and partnerships.


What sort of research is conducted by the DCRC?

Prof Beattie talks about carer and consumer research

DCRC projects are diverse and map onto the priorities of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research. The DCRC also funds new projects, and will call for applications.

A key focus is applied research on topics meaningful to people with dementia and their family carers. Learn more about DCRC research and consumer experiences of participation here.


Does the DCRC work with other organisations?

In addition, the DCRC is working closely with the Consumer Dementia Research Network, the National Dementia Quality Care Network and other components of the National Dementia Initiative including the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services and Dementia Training Australia (formerly the Dementia Training Study Centres).

An important component of the DCRC is capacity building, this means enhancing the ability of Australian clinicians and researchers to undertake applied dementia research, encouraging new researchers, providing scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships and providing a platform for grant applications through NHMRC and other funding bodies.


How is DCRC research funded?

The DCRC receives core funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). This is administered through the NNIDR.

Dementia research benefits from donations from generous individuals keen to find a cure for dementia and, in the meantime, to improve quality of life for persons with dementia and their carers. The DCRC welcomes donations to support our programs.


 
Thank you to our consumer representatives

The DCRC values highly the input of consumers - people who are directly affected by dementia.

Persons with dementia and their carers offer DCRC research projects unique and invaluable insight, advice and opinion on a range of issues including:

  • the types of research that should be prioritised by the DCRC
  • reviewing new project proposals
  • ideas on how to translate research into sustainable practice change
  • how to build awareness of dementia in the community
  • providing advocacy and contacts for lobbying agencies and govenment

The DCRC supported the Consumer Dementia Research Network, and also welcome consumers to attend the Annual National Dementia Forum.

 

Are you a consumer who would like to explore ways to get involved with DCRC? 

 please send us an email, or contact the team closest to you

 

 

 University of New South Wales

  

Centre Director
 
Centre Manager (Acting)
 

 

Some Priority Research Themes

• Care of people with dementia in General Practice
• Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
• Nursing care of people with Dementia
• Transitions in care of people with Dementia
• Physical co-morbidities of Dementia
• Technology and Design
• Special Groups with Dementia
• Intellectual Disability and Dementia
• Community Care for people with Dementia
 
 

 

DCRC-ABC PICTURE GALLERY

DCRC-ABC staff

 

 

 

 

Australian National University

 

Centre Director
 
Centre Manager
 

 

Some Priority Research Themes

This DCRC supports projects under two streams of research.

Stream 1: Early Detection and Diagnosis

  • biological basis of dementia
  • earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Stream 2: Risk reduction and Prevention

  • individual, community and population based interventions
    (e.g. lifestyle risk factors for dementia

 

 
 

 

 

 

Thank you to the people who have served on DCRC committees

The Dementia Collaborative Research Centres are funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Since the establishment of the NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research (NNIDR) in 2015, the DCRCs are now a member organisation of this institute. The DCRC governance structure has been under review to facilitate bringing the research programs into a unified program under the NNIDR. The processes are underway and are expected to be finalised by June 2017. For further information, please consult this communications pack prepared by an external consultant.


 

(update June 15 2016)