The International Research Network on Dementia Prevention (IRNDP) has been established to –

  • increase dementia risk reduction messaging worldwide, and
  • develop targeted research to answer questions about the detailed impact of known and emerging risk factors in preventing dementia.

This has particular relevance in low- to middle-income (LMIC) countries as exposure to lifestyle and clinical risk factors becomes more common as LMIC economies grow.

While there are many current overlapping public health, patient, research, policy and practice initiatives aimed at prevention or treatment of dementia, there is currently no single collaborative network of researchers to focus global attention on prevention and on LMICs.

The globally ageing population makes a collaborative like IRNDP highly relevant worldwide.


To link researchers globally to foster new research and accelerate knowledge translation that will prevent dementia worldwide.


To provide a global research network that supports researchers who share their skills and know-how to work together to prevent dementia worldwide.


We welcome membership from researchers and stakeholders in both high and low- to middle-income countries.


IRNDP is currently governed by a leadership committee chaired by Professor Kaarin J. Anstey, who is Director of several research centres in cognitive health and ageing. IRNDP also has an expert independent advisory group. Each are supported by a full-time researcher and a part-time communications specialist.

IRNDP is a project of the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration funded by the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR). DCRC is hosted at The Australian National University (ANU).

Further information and useful links
Alzheimer’s Australia
Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging
Global Council on Brain Health
World Dementia Council
World Health Organisation