The University of Queensland has launched a new medicine research centre that will focus on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, with the purpose of finding solutions to extend the life span of patients with these diseases. St. Lucia’s Queensland Brain Institute has already begun making discoveries in treatments for dementia.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, both of which are types of the syndrome called dementia, are both debilitating and there is no cure for them. Statistics show that as of February 2016, there are more than 353,800 Australians¬†afflicted with dementia, and the number is expected to increase up to 400,000 within five years. Dementia is also said to be the second leading cause of death in Australia.

The centre will employ more scientists and train PhD students to study dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease, with the hope of providing our elderly with a longer, more active and better quality of life.

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