Currently, there is an estimated 459,000 Australians living with dementia. The number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 589,807 by 2028.
Professor Amy Brodtmann
Professor Brodtmann has cognitive neurology services at RMH and Box Hill Hospital, the Eastern Cognitive Disorders Clinic (ECDC), an Australian referral service for FTD. Amy has been involved in over 60 Alzheimer's disease pharmaceutical company funded and investigator-led studies, and has run or participated in a further 7 investigator-led FTD studies. She leads a large research group at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and is an internationally recognised expert in the diagnosis and management of dementia syndromes, and in dementia trial design and implementation.
Amy has a strong commitment to patient and carer advocacy. She was a founder of the Australian FrontoTemporal Dementia Association (AFTDA), and is an Honorary Medical Advisor to Dementia Australia. She is a passionate advocate of brain health, with her research focusing on factors that protect the brain, especially the brain benefits of exercise.
Associate Professor Nawaf Yassi
Associate Professor Yassi is an academic neurologist engaged in research on the use of brain imaging to predict outcomes after stroke, and to determine the cerebrovascular contributions towards cognitive impairment and dementia. He completed his PhD titled “Advanced Imaging Predicting Outcome in Stroke – Therapeutic Implications” in 2015 and was then awarded an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship with a focus on examining the important overlap between cerebrovascular disease and the neurodegenerative disorders, especially Alzheimer’s Disease. During this fellowship he has successfully developed and fostered numerous national and international collaborations with partners and has established a national profile and a growing international profile in his field, with multiple international speaker invitations.
He is co-Head of the recently established Dementia Research group along with A/Prof Rosie Watson. Their partnership strengthens the MBC's close ties with the WEHI and will drive further breakthroughs in dementia treatment and management. Nawaf is also Head of Education and Training, Department of Neurology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, a role which involves active mentoring and supervision of junior medical staff and neurology advanced trainees. He also co-founded and co-chaired the Emerging Stroke Clinicians and Scientists Group within the Stroke Society of Australasia which focuses on support and training of emerging stroke clinicians and scientists.