The Researcher Involvement Panel (RIP) members ensure that StepUp for Dementia Research meets the needs and wishes of researchers working in Australia today. StepUp for Dementia Research is designed to facilitate this work, making dementia research more efficient and, ultimately, more effective.
The panel members use their knowledge and experience to ensure clarity, accessibility and meaningfulness of information, guidance, materials provided about StepUp for Dementia Research. The panel also provides feedback on usability, bug-fixing, and feature requests of the platform; feedback on training materials; and suggestions for spreading awareness of StepUp through the dementia research community.
Our sincere thank you to our RIP members for their continuing guidance and counsel.
Adele is a PhD candidate, research assistant and cognitive neuroscientist at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University. Adele is currently involved in projects relating to improvement of cognitive decline in older adults.
Andrew is an academic and accredited pharmacist with an interest in clinical geriatrics. Andrew is a Director of Dementia Training Australia. Through his teaching experience in Tasmanian and Western Australian universities he is an accomplished educator, particularly within consultant pharmacy practice.
A/Prof Belinda Goodenough is a behavioural scientist who has worked in applied health research over the past two decades. She currently manages the Knowledge Translation Program for Dementia Training Australia through the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Claire O’Connor is an occupational therapist who completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2017, investigating behaviour, function and supportive interventions in frontotemporal dementia. Dr O’Connor is now a research fellow at the Centre for Positive Ageing, HammondCare, and a Conjoint Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales.
Cynthia is a research fellow at Sydney Health Ethics (School of Public Health, The University of Sydney). Her work explores the neuroethical issues that arise as we redefine the boundaries between treatment, maintenance, and enhancement of cognitive performance.
Danijela is an NHMRC Dementia Leadership Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the Sydney Pharmacy School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. Her research expertise is in clinical and geriatric pharmacology, clinical studies on polypharmacy, high risk prescribing, deprescribing (drug withdrawal), pharmacoepidemiology, and the quality use of medicines.
Kate is a research fellow at Flinders University in Adelaide and an occupational therapist. Her work aims to increase independence in older people so that they can safely remain at home for longer and involves testing new intervention programs as well as translating programs already found to be effective.
Dr Kylie Radford is a Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia, Clinical Neuropsychologist and conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
Dr Lina Lee, BSc(Hons) MSc MBBS PGDipCU FRACP, is a Sydney based geriatrician with interests in falls, heart failure, stroke and electronic medical records and electronic medication management.
Dr Lyn Phillipson is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Fellow at the University of Wollongong. She has expertise in the development of Dementia Friendly Communities and in the conduct of inclusive and participatory research with people with dementia and their care partners.
Stephanie is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney. Her research focuses on cognition and behaviour in people with younger onset dementia.
Tom is a project manager for central nervous system studies at ICON Clinical Research, a global full-service CRO. Tom’s current focus is a global Phase 2 study in mild dementia due to Alzheimer ’s disease.
Vasi is an academic at the University of Sydney and a consultant Geriatrician at Concord Hospital in Sydney. His research interests include health of older men, oral health, falls, fractures and osteoporosis, prescribing in older people and the application of evidence-based medicine to older people.
Zhicheng is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Sydney Nursing School, the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on the stigma associated with dementia and its impact. She is passionate about increasing public awareness of dementia and engaging the public in dementia research.