Alzheimers NZ Annual Fellowship researching

The focus of the Fellowship is on research of interest to people living with dementia and to Alzheimers NZ.

The fellowship will provide up to $15,000 for research expenses/contribution to salary/professional development activities.

Applications are now closed.

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    2023 Fellow

    Dr Brigid Ryan

    Distinguished researcher and advocate, Dr Brigid Ryan, has been awarded the title of 2023 Alzheimers NZ Fellow for her groundbreaking work in understanding the challenges faced by individuals diagnosed with dementia mate wareware before the age of 65.

    “I am very humbled to receive this award and am grateful to Alzheimers NZ for their support for my research, which will enable me to continue this important work,” she says.

Recipients of the Fellowship

2022 Dr Etu Ma’u

Dr Etuini Ma’u, is a senior lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Auckland and consultant old age psychiatrist with Te Whatu Ora Waikato. His research interests are in the fields of Pacific mental health, old age psychiatry, and dementia prevention. Read more.

2021 Dr Gary Cheung

A Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Auckland and conducts research in the field of old age psychiatry. He has been instrumental in introducing cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) to New Zealand. Read more.

2020 Dr Makarena Dudley

A senior lecturer at Auckland University, Dr Dudley is developing a unique and productive research track record investigating the interface of dementia and Māori. Her studies include developing a screening tool for detecting dementia in Māori and a theory of dementia from a Māori worldview. The work is based on interviews and relationships with kuia and kaumatua. Read more.

2019 Dr Andrea Kwakowsky

A Senior Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, Dr Kwakowsky has been researching dementia since 2012, looking at the molecular, cellular and cognitive basis of brain function during ageing, and for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. Andrea is passionate about facilitating direct interaction between researchers and community, including organisations, people living with dementia, care partners and family members. Read more.