Professor Henry Brodaty, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Honorary Medical Advisor, has been named the winner of this year’s prestigious Ryman Prize for his more than three decades of dementia research.
The Ryman Prize is a $250,000 international prize which rewards the best work in the world that has enhanced quality of life for older people. The prize was established to create the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for people working in the field of the health of older people.
Ryman Prize Juror Dr David Kerr says Professor Brodaty, who is also the Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing at the University of New South Wales, is a worthy winner.
“We had an incredible field this year and there were some strong contenders from all over the world. Professor Brodaty’s nomination was a standout, his dedication and achievements are truly world-class. He is a pioneer in diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia in Australasia and his influence has been felt around the world.’’
Receiving the award was an honour, says Professor Brodaty.
“We are all ageing. Older people are the fastest growing sector of our population and mental health is the largest contribution to disease burden as we age,” he says.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to receive this award. The Ryman Prize highlights the importance of enhancing the profile of research to improve the quality of life for older people.”