Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic

The Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic provides comprehensive insights into cognitive decline, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and depression in the later stages of life. All our clinical services are offered as part of clinical and public health research studies.

There are currently no known cures for some neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease but a large body of research has demonstrated that there are some modifiable risk factors of cognitive decline and depression in later life.

Modifiable risk factors include:

  1. Vascular: high blood pressure, heart disease, and high cholesterol
  2. Lifestyle: exercise, diet, and cognitive activity
  3. Changes in mood and sleep

Our studies aim to determine whether improvements in these three main risk factors can effectively reduce cognitive decline, depression and the underlying brain changes that are associated with dementia.

Our team consists of neurologists, clinical neuropsychologists, general physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, research assistants and students.

Current clinical studies include:

  • Cognitive Training: A comprehensive cognitive training program for older ‘at risk’ people with mood or early memory changes.
  • Sleep-wake disturbance: An evaluation of the effects of circadian and sleep disturbance on cognitive decline in older people with depression and mild cognitive impairment.
  • Internet interventions: The SOMNA (Sleep or Mood Novel Adjunctive Therapy) Research Study which is the evaluation of an internet intervention for insomnia in improving depression and insomnia in men aged 50 years and over.
  • Pharmacological interventions: The Beyond Ageing Project which is an evaluation of the preventative capacity for omega-3 and antidepressants to prevent depression and reduce cognitive decline and brain changes in older ‘at risk’ people.

More information on each of these studies can be found on our “Clinical Studies” page.