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Centre for excellence to boost knowledge on cognitive health


A new research centre on cognitive health has been launched in Canberra.

The centre, which will bring together leading researchers, clinicians, policymakers and consumers, is the first of its kind in Australia and will specialise in cognitive health promotion and prevention of cognitive decline.

The new centre was awarded $2.5 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council and will be based at the ANU Research School of Population Health.

Professor Kaarin Anstey, who will lead the centre, said it will identify risk factors, conduct intervention studies to improve cognitive function, and develop guidelines and modelling for new policies.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said the centre would draw together national and international expertise in disciplines such as psychology, population health, psychiatry, neurology, economics, and biostatistics.

A second major site will be at The University of Melbourne Department of Psychiatry, led by Professor Nicola Lautenschlager.

The centre will also include leading researchers from the University of New South Wales, Exeter University UK, the Australian Catholic University and the Baker International Diabetes Institute.

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