Melinda in a black top standing in a greenhouse watering plants.

Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation

The Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation (BDBSF) has been supporting Swinburne’s research into neurological and psychological disorders since it was established in 2010 by Dr Ian Dicker AM and his family in honour of Ian’s late wife, Barbara. Each year the BDBSF awards $100,000 in seed funding given as small grants to support researchers at Swinburne. These seed grants are vital in driving research innovations and supporting early career researchers to study and understand the complexities of neurological and psychological conditions, and ultimately aiming to finding a cure, treatment or prevention for neurological conditions.

Support Swinburne’s dementia research

Dementia Care: A Tech Enabled Future | Thursday 22 October 2020

Swinburne’s ecosystem of research institutes brings together teams of divergent thinkers from across disciplines striving to shape a new future for dementia care.

Our research focusses on developing new and innovative ways to enhance the lives of families touched by dementia through both social interventions and technology. We aim to enhance the delivery of services and to improve quality of life, promote active living and stimulate social connection.

At the 2020 Barbara Dicker Oration, Sir Gustav Nossal AC, CBE, and an expert panel of Swinburne researchers explore the efforts to reshape the individual experience of dementia – from ‘close to the heart’ to the farthest reaches of technology.

By supporting Swinburne’s dementia research, you will be helping to:

  • improve the quality of life for people living with dementia
  • develop new technologies to support the wellbeing of ageing adults
  • create innovative wellbeing programs for people with cognitive impairment
  • increase targeted research and translate scientific findings into real-world practice
  • inform the training needs for the aged care workforce of tomorrow: sector workers, mental health practitioners and general practitioners.

Find out how you can support our research

We welcome conversations about ways in which you may wish to invest to shape a new future for dementia.

Please contact Belinda Collins, Director of Development by email belindacollins@swinburne.edu.au or call her on 0413 701 037.

Swinburne is grateful for the support and friendship of the Dicker family