Donate to our Autumn Appeal for dementia research

Donate to our Autumn Appeal for dementia research

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia. There is no cure, nor clinical means to delay its progress. By donating to our Autumn Appeal for dementia research, you can help to make a difference to people with dementia and their families.

Click here to make a donation to this important research.

Dementia is the name given to a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain, including
Alzheimer’s disease, which is the focus of Dr Owen Marshall’s research at Menzies.

Understanding how neurons connect to each other to form our thoughts, memories and emotions is a challenge due to
the extraordinary complexity of our brains. Within the past decade, scientists have developed sophisticated tools to begin
to address this challenge, making this a very exciting time in neuroscience.

Although we now understand much of how dementia progresses and what some of the key risk factors and causes are, we
do not fully understand the cascade of changes that occur in brain cells that eventually lead to their dysfunction and death.

To date, much research has focused on brain cells and how cells interact. Building on this, Dr Marshall and his team
have developed a unique technique to further unlock our understanding of the genetic controls affecting cell changes.
The technique allows us to look at how DNA within the cells in the brain is packaged and how this packaging changes.

With our unique approach to brain disease research, we have the opportunity to make a
significant impact on the lives of people living with and at risk of developing dementia and brain disease related
to ageing. Please consider making a gift to support this vital research today.