SNAVI Project (Spatial Navigation Assessment Validation and Implementation)
Current clinical tests for Alzheimer’s disease are not sensitive enough to detect brain changes that begin 10-20 years before memory symptoms appear. Our project team has developed novel neuropsychological tests of spatial navigation (how we navigate our surroundings) that are highly sensitive to these early brain changes. This project will optimise these spatial navigation tests for rollout in clinical services, enabling timely, accurate diagnosis that will fast-track access to early interventions and improve outcomes for those affected.
The project team is led by Dr Stephanie Wong, and includes researchers across Adelaide (Flinders University, UniSA, University of Adelaide), Newcastle (University of Newcastle), Gold Coast (Bond University) and Norwich, UK (University of East Anglia). Partner Organisations include the Central, Southern and Northern Adelaide Local Health Networks and the Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT).
Supported by the Medical Research Future Fund, Dementia Ageing and Aged Care Mission.