IRT Research Foundation
Launched in May 2009, the IRT Research Foundation aligns with IRT's mission, to create communities where seniors achieve their optimum quality of life.
The IRT Research Foundation funds research projects which assist in a greater understanding of the ageing process and the care and wellbeing of seniors.
Steered by Mr Linton Lewis, the IRT Research Foundation committee consists of board representatives, external representatives with expertise specific to the IRT Research Foundation and IRT staff.
Since its establishment, the IRT Research Foundation has committed over $1M through grants to leading Australian researchers.
The latest recipients of IRT Research Foundation grants include:
- The Dancing Mind: cognitive benefits of multi-dimensional physical activity in old age - Professor Dafna Merom, University of Western Sydney
- Evaluating the impact of a systematic approach to designing environments for people with dementia - Professor Richard Fleming, University of Wollongong
- Translating Assistive Robotic Technology to Aged Care Practice - Professor Gamini Dissanayake, University of Technology Sydney
- Telehealth remote monitoring for people with multiple chronic conditions - Professor Gill Lewin, Silver Chain and Curtin University
- Supporting ageing-in-place for people with and into disability - Professor Trevor Parmenter, University of Sydney
In past years, IRT Research Foundation has also awarded grants to fund research on the following topics:
- Molecular chaperones as agents of the ageing process
- Prevention and early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease using gene expression profiling
- Healthy behaviors in lifestyle communities
- Increasing enjoyment of exercise in senior Australians through psychological
- Sleep medications and sleep disturbances in older persons
- Safety and Mobility needs of Older drivers
- Exercise in older adults living in self care residential Communities
- Social Isolation
Along with important financial assistance, IRT further supports research projects with their promotion and in some cases volunteer participation of IRT residents.
IRT Research Foundation has a clear and enduring sense of mission – to improve the mind, mobility and lifestyle of older Australians – a dedication that will persist for years into the future. IRT Research Foundation’s long term commitment, pursued with passion and focus, is realised through the leadership of academic creativity, patient advocacy and industry experience.
Through your support we can ensure that more people are able to maintain their mind and mobility for longer.
You can also choose to make a donation by Direct Deposit simply by completing our online form and selecting the 'IRT Research Foundation' option.
Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.
If you would like more information on donations and bequests it is available on our Get Involved page.
IRT Research Foundation: a division of the IRT Group.