Dementia Prevention Research Clinic (Auckland)

DPRC

The largest of Brain Research New Zealand’s (BRNZ) Dementia Prevention Research Clinics is based at the Centre for Brain Research. The Clinic opened in 2016 and was the first of a national network of Dementia Prevention Clinics established by BRNZ.

Led by Associate Professor Lynette Tippett and Dr Phil Wood, the Auckland Clinic is run collaboratively between expert clinicians and researchers from Brain Research New Zealand.

The Dementia Prevention Research Clinics is at the frontline of collaborative research studies involving individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MPI) and those with very early Alzheimer’s disease. The DPRC enables cutting-edge research to identify factors, or groups of factors, that influence progression from Mild Cognitive Impairment to dementia.

The clinics offer an exciting opportunity for people in the earliest stages of dementia to join a longitudinal study which holds promise for future research findings.

When patients and their families attend the dementia clinic they will typically undergo a detailed characterisation of their brain health and lifestyle. Blood tests and MRI scans are conducted and this data will provides invaluable information to neuroscientists and doctors attempting to identify biomarkers and clinical markers of disease.

The DPRC will collect holistic information by listening to the experiences of the research participant and the needs of family members and care-givers. Clinic participants are monitored longitudinally and will be invited to participate in a broad range of preliminary clinical trials by researchers at BRNZ.

This could include testing novel drugs, nutritional supplements, and cognitive, social and physical interventions designed to prevent, delay or ameliorate MCI and other related dementias.

How to Find Us
The Auckland clinic is located at the Centre for Brain Research, Level 5, Building 503, 85 Park Road in Grafton.  Find out more.