A world-first study by University of Wollongong (UOW) researcher Associate Professor Thomas Astell-Burt will examine whether urban green spaces have a role to play in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
Professor Thomas Astell-Burt was awarded a Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship with funds of $719,840 in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research funding announced by the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP. Professor Astell-Burt is one of only four fellows awarded in the area of public health.
The NHMRC fellowships support researchers undertaking projects to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage dementia, including its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease. There are estimated to be 413,106 Australians living with dementia and by 2025 this number is expected to increase to 536,000.
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