Did you know there are currently 280,000 Australians living with Dementia? Without a significant medical breakthrough this is expected to soar to almost one million by 2050. Dementia is Australia's third leading cause of death after heart disease and stroke and to date there is no cure.

Guided by Professor Jürgen Götz, researchers at The Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research (CADR) within the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) are mapping the changes in the brain that change in dementia, whilst exploring new therapeutic approaches to treat the disease. They are hopeful that this research will not only prevent and delay disease onset, but also reverse cognitive decline.

This seminar highlights QBI’s understanding of physiological brain function and how this research is helping to address ageing dementia related questions.


Professor Perry Bartlett
Queensland Brain Institute
Professor Bartlett has been responsible for a series of ground-breaking discoveries in neuroscience, which have often overturned existing dogma and led to a new understanding, particularly in the areas of neuronal precursor regulation and neuron survival in the developing and adult nervous system. Most prominent amongst these, was his laboratory’s discovery in 1992 of the presence of stem cells in the adult brain that had the capacity to produce new neurons. His group was first to isolate and characterise these stem cells in 2001 and more recently revealed the presence of a latent hippocampal stem cell population that influences learning and memory.

He is the inaugural Director of the Queensland Brain Institute and holds the Foundation Chair in Molecular Neuroscience at The University of Queensland. Previously he was Head of the Division of Development and Neurobiology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), a past NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and ARC Federation Fellow, and a past President of the Australian Neuroscience Society. He has championed interactions with China establishing three joint neuroscience laboratories in China, two with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one with the Second Military Medical University, where he also holds an Honorary Professorship. He has published 230 papers, many of which have appeared in the most influential journals and have attracted over 11,500 citations. He has an h-index of 55.

Professor Jürgen Götz
Queensland Brain Institute
Professor Götz studied biochemistry at the University of Basel, and earned his PhD in immunology in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Georges Köhler at the Max-Planck-Institute in Freiburg, Germany (1989). After postdoctoral work at UCSF and the Preclinical Research Division at Novartis Ltd in Basel, he established his reputation in the Alzheimer’s field as a research group leader at the University of Zürich (1994–2005). From 2005 - 2011, he has been Chair of Molecular Biology and Director of the Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Laboratory at the Brain and Mind Research Institute of the University of Sydney. In February 2012 he took up the position as Foundation Chair of Dementia Research at The University of Queensland and inaugural director of the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research (CADR) at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI).

Associate Professor Lizzie Coulson
Queensland Brain Institute
Associate Professor Coulson did her undergraduate Honours degree at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Genetics and Biochemistry. Her PhD (1997) in the Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne, with Professor Colin Masters, was on the normal function of the amyloid precursor protein of Alzheimer’s disease. Following a year at the ZMBH, University of Heidelberg, Germany, she pursued postdoctoral work studying neuronal cell death in neurodegeneration and development at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute before being recruited in 2003 to the University of Queensland as a founding member of the Queensland Brain Institute.

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The Auditorium, The Queensland Brain Institute