Broadcast: Diagnosing Dementia – ABC Big Ideas
ABC Radio National has broadcast the Diagnosing Dementia event on its Big Ideas program as a part of the ABC’s Mental As week. Hosted by Paul Barclay, an expert panel spoke about how we might be able to detect and diagnose dementia in the future. They also talked about why this research is an important step forward for finding a treatment and even a cure, and when these techniques might become a reality.
Over the past few years, significant progress has been made towards techniques which could diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia 10 – 20 years before symptoms occur. A simple blood test, eye imaging, brain scans and memory tests could all be part of the future for a dementia diagnosis. What could they actually tell us, how accurate are they likely to be and if you could know, would you want to?
The panel consisted of:
- Mr Graeme Samuel (National President, Alzheimer’s Australia)
- Ms Jenny Lloyd (Consumer, aged 62)
- Professor Ashley Bush (Chief Scientific Officer, CRC for Mental Health and Head, Oxidation Laboratory, the Florey)
- Dr Rachel Buckley – (AADRF Fellow, The University of Melbourne)
- Dr Shaun Frost – (Research Fellow, Preventative Health Flagship, CSIRO)