Administration Officer for the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute
Senior Administrator for the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration
NeuRA 9399 1029 and UNSW 9348 0389
Ani Johnston provides project and administrative support to Professor Kaarin Anstey for the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) and the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute (AFI). Ani has a strong administrative background with a history of working in the hospital and care industry. She has a keen interest in promoting health being a qualified Nutritionist (BHlthSc in Food and Nutrition) and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Health.
The NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) was established in 2006 under the Australian Government’s Dementia Initiative. DCRC projects are diverse and map onto the priorities of the NHMRC National Network for Dementia Research (NNIDR). A key focus is applied research on topics meaningful to people with dementia and their family carers.
There are three DCRC hubs located at UNSW, NeuRA and QUT, respectively. The three-hub framework aims to grow partnerships and strengthen ties with consumers and service providers, Dementia Training Australia and Dementia Support Australia in order to progress prevention, assessment, care and translation of knowledge into everyday practice, as well as building the next generation of dementia researchers.
The primary focus of the DCRC NeuRA hub is risk reduction and prevention including individual, community and population-based interventions targeting lifestyle risk factors for dementia.
The flagship project of the DCRC NeuRA hub is the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention (IRNDP). Founded in 2017, the IRNDP is a multinational network bringing together researchers who are working to reduce the risk of dementia across the world. For more information on the network, visit the IRNDP website, including news and updates, an evidence hub on cohort studies, an evidence synthesis on clinical trials, and information on how to join.
The DCRC is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.