60,000 New Zealanders suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
What are the Dementia Prevention Research Clinics?
The Dementia Prevention Research Clinics are a multi-year longitudinal study designed to identify processes causing memory and functional decline in older adults, and to test new interventions that may delay or prevent the onset and progression of dementia.
They were established by Brain Research New Zealand, a national Centre of Research Excellence, and are supported by the New Zealand Dementia Prevention Trust. Through the clinics, we are recruiting people with memory problems, as well as healthy volunteers, and following them to find out which blood and brain biomarkers, cognitive characteristics, health and lifestyle factors influence the development and progression of dementia in New Zealanders. With this powerful data asset, the brain research community will be better able to develop tools, programmes and treatments to combat Alzheimer’s disease.
Progress and impact so far
Our researchers and clinicians have 28 research projects underway that are helping to further our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, and to test interventions that might delay its progression.
Our current research is focusing on:
The local clinics’ directors, Associate Professor Lynette Tippett and Dr Phil Wood (Auckland), Professor Tim Anderson and Professor John Dalrymple-Alford (Christchurch), and Dr Nick Cutfield (Dunedin), are supported by talented teams of medical specialists, neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, research nurses and research support staff.
National Director, Dementia
Prevention Research Clinics
Clinical Director of the NZ Brain
New Zealand Brain Research
Dr Nick Cutfield
Clinical Deputy Director, Brain Health Research Centre; Senior Lecturer; Consultant Neurologist and Clinical Lead
Philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar set up the Trust in 2015 in partnership with leading brain research scientist Sir Richard Faull, with the objective of fundraising for the Clinics.
Chair of the NZ Dementia
Sir Ralph Norris
KNZM D.Bus (Hon)
BCom (Business Administration)
Director at Mace Consulting Ltd
Donate to help us
The New Zealand Dementia Prevention Trust directly supports the Clinics in our effort to combat Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Your donation will help fund the clinical team, and pay for brain and other scans that help us create a unique and powerful data asset that enables brain researchers to discover treatments and interventions to slow cognitive decline.
If you would like to support our research, you can donate directly using the below links or to discuss a tailored giving program or bequest, please fill out the Contact Us form below.
The New Zealand Dementia Prevention Trust is incorporated as a Charitable Trust number 2628171, hence any donations will receive an official donation receipt that will convey a 33.33% tax credit on the donor’s taxable income.
Would you like to join our study?
Over the next two years we hope to recruit 400 volunteers with Mild Cognitive Impairment to participate in our study. If you are interested in enrolling in the DPRC, please have a look at our inclusion criteria below. You can also speak to your GP, specialist, or contact your nearest DPRC team directly.
You may be eligible
to participate if:
- You are aged over 55;
- You or others have noticed memory problems;
- You are fluent in English; and
- You are not living in long-term care;
Unfortunately you will NOT be eligible
to participate if you have:
- Been diagnosed with dementia
- A history of significant alcohol and/or substance use
- Experienced a moderate to severe brain injury
- A pacemaker
- A significant neurological condition
(e.g. Parkinson’s disease, stroke, epilepsy, brain tumour)