A PhD candidate in the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at ANU is to receive the 2017 Phyllis Montgomerie Commonwealth Award to support his work in dementia research.
Mr Mitchell McMaster is conducting a randomised controlled trial of older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). It hopes to show whether multiple factors that are known to increase the risk of dementia can be countered through physical exercise, diet, mental stimulation and increased social contact to improve cognitive function and halt further decline.
It is believed to be the first time this type of intervention has been trialled in people with MCI, one of the highest risk groups for dementia.
Mr McMaster is to receive his cheque for $5000 at the Commonwealth Dinner on the 16 March.
See also: ANU Article.