QBI & CAS Team Up To Take On Dementia

The joint effort between the Queensland Brain Institute and the Chinese Academy of Sciences will be the largest international research center for dementia.

AsianScientist (Sep. 5, 2014) – The world’s leading researchers will work together to tackle dementia at a new research center jointly set up by the University of Queensland’s Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Biophysics (IBP).

The Australia-China research center builds on the established Clem Jones Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CJCADR), supported by State and Federal governments and research will focus on understanding the causes and treatment of dementia.

QBI founding director Professor Perry Bartlett said a memorandum of understanding has been signed between QBI and IBP to announce the partnership.

“Following the success of the CJCADR, we are expanding our capacity and international leadership in dementia research to create the largest international center focused on dementia research,” he said.

“The world’s leading researchers will unite under the center to understand the mechanisms that lead to cognitive decline and dementia in the ageing population and provide insights for diagnosis and therapy. This center will place dementia research at the forefront of discovery.”

Science Minister Ian Walker said the Queensland Government enjoyed a valuable, mutually beneficial relationship with China, focused on trade, investment, education, tourism and, increasingly, scientific and technological collaboration.

“Queensland was the first Australian state to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology in 2008,” Mr. Walker said “Today I am pleased to see this relationship continue to grow with the signing of this agreement between The University of Queensland’s Brain Institute and the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, to better understand ageing dementia.

“It is an extremely exciting opportunity for these leading scientific institutions to work together to further research and gain outcomes so that we can help those who are suffering from this condition.”


Source: University of Queensland.
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