Curtin University gets share of $40M federal funding for dementia research

Curtin University gets share of $40M federal funding for dementia research

CURTIN University is one of 26 organisations across Australia to receive funds for dementia research following a $40 million funding announcement by the Federal Government last week.

Health Minister Greg Hunt visited the university’s Bentley campus on July 31 to make the announcement.

WA received $2.74 million from the pool of funds, with Curtin receiving $719,770 for medical research projects aimed at improving the lives of Australians fighting dementia.

The bulk of funding went to institutions in NSW and Victoria, with these state-based organisations receiving $11.59 million and $12.77 million in funding respectively.

Mr Hunt said the allocation of $40 million to medical research projects would improve the lives of Australians fighting dementia.

“Dementia is one of the leading causes of death in Australia and we must do everything we can to investigate the causes and effects of this terrible disease,” he said.

He said there were estimated to be 413,106 Australians living with dementia in 2017 and by 2025 this number was expected to increase to 536,000.

Curtin University’s Dr Ryusuke Takech is holding a project investigating ways in which dementia and diabetes are linked.

Edith Cowan University received $716,778, while UWA received $1,306,984.