Dementia studies

This programme aims to advance knowledge of Dementia.

For Dementia research-related questions, contact Associate Professor Rita Krishnamurthi.

The 2021 Dementia Economic Impact Report prepared for Alzheimer's NZ was launched by Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall on 27 September. NISAN's Rita Krishnamurthi is a co-author of this report, which predicts that Dementia is set to cost $6 billion a year by 2050, posing a major risk to New Zealand’s health system.

This report was discussed in the Asia Pacific Report  on 27 October 2021, under the title: Dementia tsunami by 2050 ‘likely to hit Pasifika, Māori, Asian communities'.

Other publications:

  • Martinez-Ruiz, A., Yates, S., Cheung, G., Dudley, M., Krishnamurthi, R., Fa'alau, F., . . . Cullum, S. (2021). Living with Dementia in Aotearoa (LiDiA): A cross-sectional feasibility study protocol for a multiethnic dementia prevalence study in Aotearoa/New Zealand. BMJ Open, 11(5), e046143. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/bmjopen/11/5/e046143.full.pdf
  • Martinez-Ruiz, A., Krishnamurthi, R., Dahiya, E. S., Rai-Bala, R., Naicker, S., Yates, S., . . . Cullum, S. (2021). Diagnostic accuracy of 10/66 dementia protocol in Fijian-Indian elders living in New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(9). https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/9/4870
  • Krishnamurthi, R., Martinez-Ruiz, A., Yates, S., Dahiya, E. S., Naiker, S., Bala, R., & Cullum, S. (2021). Feasibility of dementia assessments in the New Zealand (NZ) Indian community. Poster presented at the 7th International Conference on Neurology and Epidemiology. Neuroepidemiology, 55 (pp. 64). Virtual: Karger Publishers. doi:10.1159/000515315
  • Martinez-Ruiz, A., Susan Yates, S., Cheung, G., Dudley,M., Krishnamurthi, R., Fa'alau, F., Roberts, M.,  Taufa, S., Fa'alili, J., Kerse, N., & Cullum, S. (2020). Diagnostic accuracy of the 10/66 Dementia Assessment tool in Māori, Fijian-Indian, Samoan and Tongan Elders with memory problems living in South Auckland, New Zealand. Poster presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference, July 2020.
  • Yates, S., Rivera Rodriguez, C., Martinez-Ruiz, A., Coomarasamy, C., Whittington, R., Krishnamurthi, R., Cheung, G., Kerse, N., & Cullum, S. (2020). Big data and dementia in New Zealand.  Poster presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, July 2020.  Alzheimers & Dementia, 16(S10), e044374. https://alz-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/alz.044374