NNIDR Australian Dementia Forum 15-17 October 2017, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission has now closed.

It is with pleasure we invite you to the Australia Dementia Forum: Progress on the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative to take place in Melbourne between 15 and 17 October 2017.

Timed to immediately precede Alzheimer's Australia's 17th biennial conference, Be the change, the Forum will bring together Australia's dementia researchers who are working to address the challenge of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, providing fertile ground for accessing the latest research breakthroughs and exploring collaborations relevant to the NNIDR Strategic Roadmap for Dementia Research.

Forum speakers will include international and national keynote presenters, preeminent researchers, including from the Institute’s Dementia Research Team Grant holders and recipients of International dementia research funding, policy makers, and community and research leaders.

The Forum will also provide the 75 NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellows, who are reaching the mid-point of their four year program of research, an exciting opportunity to highlight their achievements to date. It is expected that the convening of Special Interest Groups and other networking events will round out discussions and provide the catalyst for new collaborations across the dementia research community.

The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) will also take the opportunity to share knowledge and information about its research activities, providing an initial overview of outcomes from the significant investment that the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative has made. We will also begin conversation around future planning.

All recipients of funding through the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative are encouraged to submit an abstract for the Australian Dementia Forum 2017.

Dates and Deadlines

Abstract submission opens Friday 30 June
Abstract submission deadline Friday 4 August
Early registration deadline Friday 18 August
Forum Sunday 15 – Tuesday 17 October

Abstract Submission Details

General Information

Abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts as submitted. Please ensure you check your data carefully before submitting as changes or additions may not be accepted after the call for abstracts closes.

Abstract Themes

The Australian Dementia Forum provides an annual opportunity for all Institute members to share information about their research, exchange ideas and interrogate findings. All aspects of the Strategic Roadmap for Dementia Research will be addressed. NNIDR identified research priority areas are:

Presentation Types

The Conference Committee invites you to submit an abstract for consideration as an oral or poster presentation at the Australian Dementia Forum.


15 minutes (10 mins presentation plus five mins for questions). Selected speakers to present NNIDR funded research and/or findings of their accepted abstract. Speakers must also prepare a poster of their work for presentation.

Topics for panel presentations can also be proposed.


Posters will be on display for specific days of the meeting. Authors will be given a specific time to be in attendance during the poster sessions.

Total poster size should not exceed 841 mm wide x 1189 mm high (AO size). POSTERS LARGER THAN THIS SIZE CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED.

Posters should be prepared in portrait format. You do not need to include your abstract on the poster.

All presenting authors will also be required to provide a one page powerpoint slide summarising their research outcomes. Further details will be provided once your abstract has been accepted.

Fellows Special Interest Groups & Networking Sessions

Expressions of interest are called from NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship holders to convene a round-table discussion on dementia research priority areas. These sessions will be limited in number.

Proposals should include a topic, a brief justification (no more than half a page) and nominate at least one senior researcher as a sponsor of the session. The sponsor's role will be to assist in shaping the agenda for the discussion and to suggest possible participants.

Anticipated outcomes include

Convenors will provide a communique from the session for potential publication / broad distribution.

Proposals should be emailed to abstracts@nnidrforum.com.au.

Awards and Prizes

Abstracts will be considered for the following prize categories:

Terms and Conditions

The submission of an abstract indicates an understanding of the following rules for participation in the Australian Dementia Forum.