The Australasian Consortium of Centres for Clinical Cognitive Research (AC4R) is a clinical research body, officially formed in 1999, in order to bring together all centres throughout Australasia involved in treatment studies for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The AC4R members cover a wide range of specialties including geriatric medicine, neurology, psychiatry, psychopharmacology, psychogeriatric, neurobiology, nuclear medicine, and neuropathology. The AC4R effective network of sites has experience in phase II, III and IV clinical studies and provides a professional interface between industry and clinical investigators involved in cognitive research.
In 1994 a number of leading clinicians with a common research interest in the dementias met at the Australian Society of Geriatric Medicine meeting in Canberra, setting in motion what was to become AC4R. David Ames, Henry Brodaty, and Leon Flicker played important roles in the bringing together of a group of clinical researchers to share information and provide a professional interface with the pharmaceutical industry. The creation of AC4R coincided with a series of significant changes in the care of patients with dementia, for example, the establishment of specialised memory clinics, improved methods for assessing people with dementia, encouraging participation in clinical trials for AD and other dementias and the development of a screening methodology. Dr Karyn Boundy has been Executive member for many years and Chair since 2004.