Dr Andrea Kwakowsky receives the first Alzheimer’s NZ Fellowship

12 February 2019
Dr Andrea Kwakowsky

Alzheimer’s NZ have awarded their inaugural Alzheimer’s Fellowship to Dr Andrea Kwakowsky, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Brain Research.

The new Fellowship will help further research around dementia and how it impacts individuals, families, communities, the health system, economy and society in New Zealand.

“The Alzheimers NZ Fellowship is a crucial step in informing our efforts to support people with dementia and their care partners,” says Catherine Hall, Chief Executive of Alzheimers NZ.

“We are delighted to award the first ever Alzheimers NZ Fellowship to Andrea, which we hope will go some way to bring together the research and academic communities and people living with dementia, working together to establish ways to support them to live their best possible lives.”

Dr Kwakowsky has been researching dementia since 2012, focussing on the molecular, cellular and cognitive basis of brain function during ageing and the effect on people living with Alzheimer’s disease.

“More research into factors underlying the development of Alzheimer’s disease is urgently needed.” Dr Kwakowsky says. “I am delighted and honoured to receive the 2019 Alzheimers NZ Fellowship.”

Dr Kwakowsky is passionate about facilitating direct interaction between researchers and community, including organisations, people living with dementia, care partners and family members.

“I look forward to deepening existing partnerships between the Centre for Brain Research and Alzheimers NZ, which will make a significant contribution to our overarching aims of providing support to people and raising more awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in NZ”, Dr Kwakowsky says.

"Without the generosity of families who are affected by dementia, research would not be possible. Facilitating communication between researchers, the families and the wider community is critical in finding solutions to what is one of the biggest healthcare challenges facing NZ".

Click here to view the key statistics infographic showing the impact of dementia in New Zealand.