The ninth forum held at The Wesley Conference Centre on 7-8 September was a two-day event organised by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres and co-hosted by the Dementia Training Study Centres (DTSCs) on the theme “Science and Practice – The Big Questions” ...
 
Day 1 focused on “Knowledge Generators”: what are the latest dementia research findings?

Day 2 focused on “Knowledge Users”: how is dementia research informing practice and policy?

We were pleased to welcome keynote speakers to the Forum (from around Australia and overseas) and have uploaded many of their presentations (see below). We hope to upload more presentations (including those from other presenters) as they become available. A full list of presenters/presentations can be found on the Forum program.

 
Keynote Speakers
 
Professor Nicola Lautenschlager is an academic old age psychiatrist who received her undergraduate and postgraduate training at the Technical University of Munich and spent a post-doc year at Boston University. From 10/00 to 06/08 she worked at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Since 07/08 she is the University of Melbourne Professor of Old Age Psychiatry. Professor Lautenschlager's current research focus is diagnosis of cognitive impairment and intervention trials to improve cognitive and mental health outcomes in older age.
 
 
Professor Keith Hill graduated from Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences in 1980. He has worked primarily in gerontological and neurological physiotherapy clinical roles. Since completing his PhD at The University of Melbourne in 1998, investigating balance dysfunction in older people, Professor Hill has transitioned to a primarily research role at the National Ageing Research Institute, and La trobe University (2007-2012). In January 2012, Professor Hill commenced as Head of the School of Physiotherapy at Curtin University.
 
 
Professor Dawn Stacey holds a Research Chair in Knowledge Translation to Patients and is a Full Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is a Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute where she is Director of the Patient Decision Aids Research Group.  Professor Stacey is the principal-investigator for the Cochrane Review of Patient Decision Aids, co-chair of the Steering Committee for the International Patient Decision Aid Standards Collaboration (IPDAS), and co-investigator for the Cochrane Review of Interventions to Improve the Adoption of Shared Decision Making.
 
 
Professor Ian Graham is a Professor in the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine & the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa and Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. From 2006-2012 he was on an interchange with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research where he held the position of Vice-President of the Knowledge Translation and Public Outreach. He obtained his PhD in Medical Sociology from McGill University, Montreal. Professor Graham's research focuses on knowledge translation (the process of research use) and conducting applied research on strategies to increase implementation of evidence-informed practice (including practice guidelines) and policy. He is co-originator of the Ottawa Model of Research Use; the Practice Guideline Evaluation and Adaptation Cycle; the Knowledge to Action framework; and a founding member of the international ADAPTE collaboration. He has published over 250 peer reviewed articles and is co-editor of Turning Knowledge into Action: Practical Guidance on How to Do Integrated Knowledge Translation Research (2014), Knowledge Translation in Health Care (2013, 2nd edition)and Evaluating the Impact of Implementing Evidence-based Practice (2010) and co-author of CAN-IMPLEMENT©: Planning for Best-Practice Implementation(2014). Ian was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his “leadership contributions to CIHR and for changing the way research knowledge is used and demonstrating to funding agencies around the world how to move knowledge into action.”
 
 
Professor Louise Robinson is Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, and facilitates an interdisciplinary network of over 700 academics involved in the broad range of ageing research and innovation work at Newcastle. As Professor of Primary Care and Ageing, she co-leads the Faculty of Medical Science Ageing, Health and Society Research Group and the Lifecourse, Development and Ageing research theme in the Institute of Health & Society (IHS). Professor Robinson's personal research programme is focused on Primary Care and Ageing and the well being of older people, especially those with dementia. Specific interests in dementia research include early intervention, end of life care and the role of assistive technologies. In 2012, she won a prestigious NIHR Translational Professorship to improve the quality of community care for people with dementia and their families.  Professor Robinson is also the lead for the Newcastle membership of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR).
 
“Cognition-focused interventions for older adults with mild dementia and at risk of dementia:  State of the science, central challenges and possible solutions”
 
Doctor Alex Bahar-Fuchs is a research fellow and a clinical neuropsychologist. His clinical and research activities focus on normal and pathological ageing, with a strong focus on the early detection of neurodegenerative conditions, and on the development of interventions for the primary and secondary prevention of dementia. Dr Bahar-Fuchs has recently been awarded an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2014-2018).
 
Other Speakers:
 
Professor Andrew Robinson, Co-Director – Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre .