Healthy Brain Ageing

While there are no known cures for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and related dementias, a large body of research has shown that there are some modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline and depression in later life.

The Healthy Brain Ageing Program investigates and provides early intervention for cognitive decline by targeting risk factors including high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, diet, brain inactivity and sleep disturbance.

Researchers in the Healthy Brain Ageing Program are focused on establishing whether early intervention programs can be effective in reducing cognitive decline, depression and the underlying brain changes associated with dementia.

Key Collaborators

  • Professor Ian Hickie – Sleep and Chronobiology, Youth Mental Health
  • Associate Professor Simon Lewis – Parkinson’s Disease Research
  • Associate Professor Jim Lagopoulos – Advanced Multimodal Imaging
  • Associate Professor Adam Guastella – Autism Clinic for Translational Research
  • Dr Daniel Hermens – Youth Mental Health Program
  • Professor Nick Glozier – Brain and Mind Centre
  • Associate Professor Michael Valenzuela – Regenerative Neuroscience Group
  • Professor Helen Christensen – Black Dog Institute
  • Professor Phillip Ward – University of New South Wales
  • Professor Shantha Rajaratnam – Monash University
  • Professor Ron Grunstein – Woolcock Institute for Medical Research
  • Professor John Hodges – Neuroscience Research Australia
  • Professor Kathleen Griffiths – Australian National University
  • Associate Professor Lee Ritterband – University of Virginia

Research facilities