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Professor's research team wins Alzheimer’s Disease International research prize

Professor Lynn Chenoweth

Professor Lynn Chenoweth is widely recognised and highly regarded for her health and aged care research in dementia care. Her research study team was recently announced the 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease International Psychosocial Research prize winners for the best evidence-based psychosocial intervention.

The prize category was for the best psychosocial evidence of quality dementia care without the use of pharmacology treatment.

“Our study (PerCEN) was a clustered randomised controlled trial looking at a person-centred approach to the care environment and care practices to improve outcomes for persons with dementia,” Professor Chenoweth said.

“The research focused on the psychological well-being, reduction in agitated, distressed behaviours and depression that can occur in people with dementia.”

The research prize includes a grant for $18,000 Euro to disseminate the project (PerCEN) research interventions. The dissemination plan aims to improve the understanding of the projects goals, outcomes and implications that will support capacity building and sustainability aspects of the project and its implementation.

“Sharing the projects findings and recommendations with key stakeholders and implementing strategies to help disseminate the projects outputs through communication, social exchange, education and training are paramount in the interdisciplinary learning and research process,” she said.

“This prize further highlights the excellent work being conducted in Australia by dementia research and practitioner teams.”

“Some international dementia teams are in the process of replicating our (PerCEN) study program and projects. It really places UTS on the map in terms of quality neuropsychological research in this field,” said Professor Chenoweth.

Professor Chenoweth will be accepting the award on behalf of the (PerCEN) research team in London at the International Alzheimer’s Disease Conference dinner on March 9, 2012.

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