There is no drug available that effectively addresses the underlying pathology of any of the major diseases that cause dementia. Recent data from major drug trials focussed on immunological strategies to tackle conditions like Alzheimer’s disease have not been promising, and we are so far off understanding the biological basis of conditions such as frontotemporal dementia and Lewy body dementia that a pharmaceutical-based approach for addressing these diseases is decades away, at best. The drug armamentarium for dementia is currently...
Co-Director Of The Wicking Dementia Centre
Professor James Vickers holds the Chair of Pathology at the University of Tasmania and is Co-Director of the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. The Wicking Centre has core research themes on the Cause, Care and Prevention of dementia, and offers a degree program in dementia care as well as two free massive open online courses (MOOCs) on ‘Understanding Dementia and ‘Preventing Dementia’. James is a neuroscientist and has research interests in Alzheimer’s disease, brain plasticity and dementia risk reduction. He is the immediate Past-President of the Australasian Neuroscience Society and is a Board Member of the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation, Glenview Community Services and the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation.