National Ageing Research Institute
Professor Briony Dow is Director of the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). At NARI Briony oversees a range of projects, including research into elder abuse and carer mental health. Briony has been at NARI for 16 years during which time she has published over 70 peer reviewed publications and over 30 major reports to government. Prior to her work at NARI, Briony practised as a social worker in community aged care. She is a past President of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and she represents NARI and the AAG on the Australian Government’s Aged Care data Advisory Group. Dr Steven Savvas is a researcher at NARI where he is currently the trial coordinator for a large multi-site clinical trial involving people with dementia in residential aged care. Previous research projects include investigating the impact that analgesics have on behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia as well as depression and pain. Steven has extensive experience in clinical trials and has a track record for conducting research in challenging areas such as addiction and dementia. He has published consistently in the fields of dementia, pain and aged care. His research interests include pain, dementia, residential aged care, addiction and emotion. Dr Anita Goh is a clinical and research neuropsychologist who is committed to optimising cognitive health, mental health and well-being, and quality of life in ageing. Her role as a scientist-practitioner facilitates an interactive flow of ideas between the clinical and research domains, and her work focuses on healthy ageing, cognition, dementia prevention, and wellness for those with psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. She is a research fellow at NARI, works clinically at the Neuropsychiatry Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital, and is a research fellow and Huntington’s disease lab head at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, The University of Melbourne.