Dementia cases expected to soar, but breakthroughs on the horizon


Dementia Australia Research Foundation is marking 25 years of supporting Australia’s best-emerging researchers to explore, innovate and advance the field of dementia research with the release of its More than a Cure: 25 Years of Impact report.

Proudly supported by Navarra Venues, Dementia Australia’s report highlights some of the more than 380 game-changing research projects that have advanced because of more than $31 million from Dementia Australia Research Foundation over the past quarter century.

“Dementia Australia does phenomenal work, and we’re honoured to collaborate with them to drive innovation and improve the lives of those living with dementia,” said Navarra Venues CEO Sal Navarra.

Navarra Group has contributed more than $1 million for Dementia Australia Research Foundation since 2015 through the Sarina Navarra Grant.

This grant will aid in intense research and trialling of stem cell and brain organoids and investigating the effect of diets and time restrictions on individuals and any associated links with the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s.

The lack of previous studies is one of the reasons this field of research has been selected to receive the Sarina Navarra Project Grant, which was created in memory of Sarina Navarra, as a loved wife, mother and grandmother, who passed away in 2022.

The study is being led by Dr Alby Elias from The University of Melbourne who said intermittent fasting had been shown to have a range of benefits for several health conditions, including obesity, arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure.

“Raising a million for dementia is like constructing a sturdy bridge over turbulent waters; each donation strengthens the foundation of support. Every contribution, like a carefully placed stone, paving the way to improved care, research, and hope in the journey toward understanding and conquering dementia,” said Sal Navarra.

“It’s predicted that the number of Australians living with dementia will approach 800,000 in the next 35 years,” said Dementia Australia Patron Ita Buttrose AC OBE.

“However, with continued commitment and support from researchers and donors, by the time we get there, we can be closer to a medical breakthrough and, ultimately, a cure.”

This article was also published in the Third Sector.

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