Worried about your Memory? Brain Day Christchurch talk and information

Friday, 6 April, 2018

This is information about research being conducted at the Dementia Prevention Research Clinic based at the NZBRI, 66 Stewart Street, Christchurch Central.


We are conducting a research study over a long period of time into factors that influence the progression of memory problems in New Zealanders.

We will investigate a range of factors, including things we can measure from blood samples, brain scans, measures of memory and thinking abilities, and lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, mental stimulation, and social interactions.

This clinic is looking for participants with Mild Cognitive Impairment.

What is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a condition that affects memory and thinking abilities (e.g. planning, word-finding, organising). Everyday tasks are not affected (e.g. work-related tasks, household tasks, driving).

Some people with MCI go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease (a type of dementia) but not all people with MCI do. We want to find out why.

Our aim is to identify factors that influence the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Why is this important?

Finding out what factors influence the development of Alzheimer’s disease means we can develop and test interventions to delay or prevent onset.

What does participation involve?

Session 1:

  • Meeting our Research Coordinator, who will fully explain the study and complete the consent form.
  • Having a comprehensive assessment with our clinical team.

Session 2:

  • Providing a blood sample.
  • Having a full assessment of your memory and thinking abilities.

Session 3:

  • MRI brain scan for some participants.

Session 4:

  • Completing questionnaires about your lifestyle.
  • Meeting our clinical team who will give you your assessment results.

Annual assessments for some participants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Aged over 55
  • Memory problems noticed by yourself or others
  • Fluent in English
  • Not living in long-term care

Exclusion Criteria

  • Moderate to severe dementia
  • Significant alcohol/substance use
  • Moderate to severe brain injury
  • Neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Epilepsy, brain tumour)


  • Is voluntary
  • Is free
  • Will not affect your usual medical care

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Have a detailed assessment of your memory by leading clinicians in the field
  • Be part of future research intervention studies aimed at delaying or preventing Alzheimer’s disease

Clinical Team

  • Research Coordinator
  • Neurologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • GP and Specialist in the Elderly
  • Research Fellow

For more information on how to enrol in this study, please contact Marie Goulden:

Dementia Prevention Research Clinic Christchurch

New Zealand Brain Research Institute, 66 Steward Street, Christchurch, 8011

Email: marie.goulden@nzbri.org

Phone: 03 378 6348

ChCh Principal Investigators:

Professor John Dalrymple – Alford

Professor Tim Anderson

Ethics Approval: HDEC 15/NTB/202