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The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania is pleased to invite you to a Public Forum with special guest Professor Karen Ritchie.

Dementia is currently the second leading cause of death of Australians. By 2050 over 1 million people are predicted to be living with dementia nationally and over 131 million worldwide. We are constantly bombarded with new ways to keep our brains healthy - but can dementia actually be prevented?

Join us in a discussion on dementia prevention. Hear from Professor Karen Ritchie international expert in the field, who will tell us about the latest scientific evidence. Ask questions of our expert panel as they lead a discussion on dementia and what it means for our communities.

Light refreshments and poster session on local research from students, from 5.00pm in the foyer.

Biography: Professor Kate Ritchie

Professor Karen Ritchie is a neuropsychologist and epidemiologist, who began her career with the Health Services Evaluation Unit, University of Oxford (Sir Richard Doll) and the Social Psychiatry Research Unit, MRC Australia (Professor Scott Henderson). She is currently Director of the French National Institute of Medical Research (INSERM), Research Unit 1061 (Neuropsychiatry) in Montpellier.

The research work currently being undertaken by this group includes population, clinical and molecular studies of neurological and psychiatric disorders notably dementia, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide, sleep pathologies, and care evaluation. The group also collaborates with the European Government and WHO in the development of population indicators for mental health surveillance. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Psychogeriatric Association, and worked as an editorial board member of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Dementia, International Psychogeriatrics, Neuronale.

She has also acted as consultant to the Mental Health Division of the World Health Organisation and is a member of the Board of the European Institute for Women's Health. Formerly also Honorary Professor at Imperial College London, she is currently Visiting Professor, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

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