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Dementia is one of the country’s most pressing health problems. There are more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia: three in ten people over the age of 85 and almost one people over 65. With this number expected to rise to 900,000 by 2050, spending on dementia will outstrip that of any other health condition. It presents significant challenges to the health care system, which makes directed research programs aimed at preventing and treating ageing dementia an urgent priority.

Researchers at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) are driven by the insight that fundamental, basic research is required to provide a solution to the increasing challenge of dementia to our society.


Professor Perry Bartlett

Founding Director of UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute

Image of Professor Perry BartlettProfessor Bartlett has been responsible for some revolutionary discoveries, particularly around the presence of stem cells in the adult brain that have the capacity to produce new neurons. His groundbreaking research in the field of neuroscience is leading to a much greater understanding of dementia and the possibilities of reversing its effects through exercise. 


Professor Jürgen Götz 

Director Clem Jones Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research

Image of Professor Jurgen GotzUnderstanding the way that Alzheimer’s disease cripples the brain and then designing an affordable treatment is what drives Professor Götz. In 2015, he made the game-changing discovery that non-invasive ultrasound technology could be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory. This work opens up an entirely novel avenue for treating Alzheimer’s Disease.

Professor Pankaj Sah

Director of UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute

Image of Professor Pankaj SahProfessor Sah is renowned for his work in understanding the neural circuitry of the amygdala, an area of the brain that plays a central role in learning and memory formation and has published over 110 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. As Director of QBI, he is championing the urgent need for more significant investment into dementia research. 


About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series is a lively program of events for alumni and community. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

The 2019 Global Leadership Series program will be available in February. To hear podcasts of this year's GLS events click here


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