Janice Rushworth, along with a group of trekkers, are walking the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail in 2020 to raise funds to support dementia research at QBI.

Janice established the Alastair Rushworth PhD Scholarship Fund in 2017 in memory of her husband Alastair Rushworth who passed away from early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2016.

The previous fundraising efforts of Janice and many other amazing individuals have supported PhD student, Joey Benetatos, to undertake research into dementia that focuses on understanding the mechanism by which synapses are lost during disease, and targeting an early molecule in the cell death pathways to prevent neurodegeneration. Joey hopes that his research will lead to new treatments that will assist in the fight against this devastating disease. 

There is currently no treatment or cure for dementia, which is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the most prevalent cause of death for Australian women. Dementia affects almost one in 10 people over the age of 65 and research at QBI is providing a pathway to potential treatments to millions worldwide.

In 2020, the primary goal is to raise $32,500 to fund the final year of Joey's PhD program. Over the next four years, the aim is to collectively raise a further $130,000, which will fund another four-year PhD scholarship student and research costs.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!

The trek will be led by Aurora Adventures. For more information on the walk email info@auroraadventures.com.au or phone 1300 158 468.


Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) The University of Queensland

The Queensland Brain Institute’s mission is to unlock the mysteries of the brain to understand and treat diseases, improve learning and memory, and inspire technology. QBI is working towards improving the lives of those living with dementia, motor neurone disease, schizophrenia, neurodegenerative disorders and more.

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