Associate Professor Michael Valenzuela

Associate Professor
Brain & Mind Research Institute, Sydney Medical School

Telephone 02 9114 4135

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Selected grants

2012

  • Regenerative Neuroscience Strategies for Brain Ageing and Dementia; Valenzuela M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Career Development Fellowship.
  • Neurogenesis in Depression using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy; Valenzuela M, Yucel M, Velakoulis D, Dragunow M, Loo C, Pujol J; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
  • Which Mental Activities and When for Dementia Prevention? The "Four Nations" Longitudinal Collaboration; Valenzuela M, Ritchie K, Brayne C, Stern Y; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2011

  • Role of Neurogenesis in Clinical Recovery from Depression during ECT: Application of a Novel in vivo Magnetic Resonance Spectoscopy Technology; Valenzuela M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Career Development Awards.
  • The Healthy Brain Project: A prospective cohort study to examine how later-life university education may affect the trajectory of ageing-related cognitive decline; Valenzuela M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2010

  • Boosting the Mental Wealth and Cognitive Capacity of Working Australians; Valenzuela M; The Brain Department Pty Ltd./Research Support.
  • Detection and induction of in vivo neurogenesis in humans using a novel magnetic resonance spectroscopy technique; Valenzuela M; Pfizer/Research Grant.
  • Skin derived neural stem cells for Alzheimer's Disease - in vivo studies; Valenzuela M; Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation/Research Grant.

2009

  • Post Doctural Fellow grant; Valenzuela M; UNSW/Faculty of Medicine Post Doctoral Fellow Grant.
  • Microstructure of Brain Reserve; Valenzuela M; UNSW/Goldstar Research Grant.

2008

  • Skin derived neural stem cells for reversal of age-associated cognitive impairment; Valenzuela M; Mason Foundation/Mason Foundation Research Grants Program.
  • THE SMART Trial - Study of Mental Activity and Regular Training; Valenzuela M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Dementia Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). Maintain Your Brain. Australia: ABC Books.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2009). Its Never Too Late to Change Your Mind: The Latest Medical Thinking on What You Can Do to Avoid Dementia. Annandale: ABC Books.

Book Chapters

  • Suo, C., Valenzuela, M. (2012). Neuroimaging Outcomes of Brain Training Trials. In Prof. Peter Bright (Eds.), Neuroimaging Outcomes of Brain Training Trials, (pp. 417-430). Rijeka, Croatia: Intech.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). The Changing Brain. In Unknown (Eds.), HEALTH, (pp. 174-185).

Journals

  • Carrasco, J., Georgevsky, D., Valenzuela, M., McGreevy, P. (2014). A pilot study of sexual dimorphism in the head morphology of domestic dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: clinical applications and research, 9(1), 43-46. [More Information]
  • Gates, N., Valenzuela, M., Sachdev, P., Fiatarone Singh, M. (2014). Psychological well-being in individuals with mild cognitive impairment. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 9, 779-792. [More Information]
  • Siette, J., Westbrook, R., Cotman, C., Sidhu, K., Zhu, W., Sachdev, P., Valenzuela, M. (2013). Age-Specific Effects of Voluntary Exercise on Memory and the Older Brain. Biological Psychiatry, 73(5), 435-442. [More Information]
  • Valenzuela, M., Leon, I., Suo, C., Martinez Piamba, D., Kochan, N., Brodaty, H., Sachdev, P. (2013). Cognitive Lifestyle in Older Persons: The Population-Based Sydney Memory & Ageing Study. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 36(1), 87-97. [More Information]
  • McGreevy, P., Georgevsky, D., Carrasco, J., Valenzuela, M., Duffy, D., Serpell, J. (2013). Dog Behavior Co-Varies with Height, Bodyweight and Skull Shape. PLoS One, 8(12), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Valenzuela, M., Bartres-Faz, D., Bullmore, E., Fjell, A., Maletic-Savetic, M., Martins, R., Solowij, N., Yucel, M. (2013). More thinking about less data: a perspective from the 2nd Provence Summer Workshop. Molecular Psychiatry, 18(5), 524-525. [More Information]
  • Borness, C., Proudfoot, J., Crawford, J., Valenzuela, M. (2013). Putting Brain Training to the Test in the Workplace: A Randomized, Blinded, Multisite, Active-Controlled Trial. PLoS One, 8(3), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Gates, N., Fiatarone Singh, M., Sachdev, P., Valenzuela, M. (2013). The Effect of Exercise Training on Cognitive Function in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21(11), 1086-1097. [More Information]
  • Summers, M., Saunders, N., Valenzuela, M., Summers, J., Ritchie, K., Robinson, A., Vickers, J. (2013). The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project (THBP): a prospective longitudinal examination of the effect of university-level education in older adults in preventing age-related cognitive decline and reducing the risk of dementia. International Psychogeriatrics, 25(7), 1145-1155. [More Information]
  • Marioni, R., van den Hout, A., Valenzuela, M., Brayne, C., Matthews, F. (2012). Active cognitive lifestyle associates with cognitive recovery and a reduced risk of cognitive decline. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 28(1), 223-230. [More Information]
  • Marioni, R., Valenzuela, M., van den Hout, A., Brayne, C., Matthews, F. (2012). Active cognitive lifestyle is associated with positive cognitive health transitions and compression of morbidity from age sixty-five. PLoS One, 7(12), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Valenzuela, M., Esler, M., Ritchie, K., Brodaty, H. (2012). Antihypertensives for combating dementia? A perspective on candidate molecular mechanisms and population-based prevention. Translational Psychiatry, 2, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Salvin, H., MaGrath, C., McGreevy, P., Valenzuela, M. (2012). Development of a novel paradigm for the measurement of olfactory discrimination in dogs (Canis familiaris): A pilot study. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: clinical applications and research, 7(1), 3-10. [More Information]
  • Borness, C., Proudfoot, J., Valenzuela, M. (2012). Methodological Challenges and Solutions When Conducting a Multicenter, Online, Randomized Controlled Trial of Brain Training Within a Public Service Organization. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health: employee assistance practice and research, 27(4), 272-288. [More Information]
  • Valenzuela, M., Matthews, F., Brayne, C., Ince, P., Halliday, G., Kril, J., Dalton, M., Richardson, K., Forster, G., Sachdev, P. (2012). Multiple Biological Pathways Link Cognitive Lifestyle to Protection from Dementia. Biological Psychiatry, 71(9), 783-791. [More Information]
  • Suo, C., Leon, I., Brodaty, H., Troller, J., Wen, W., Sachdev, P., Valenzuela, M. (2012). Supervisory experience at work is linked to low rate of hippocampal atrophy in late life. NeuroImage, 63(3), 1542-1551. [More Information]
  • Gates, N., Sachdev, P., Fiatarone Singh, M., Valenzuela, M. (2011). Cognitive and memory training in adults at risk of dementia: A Systematic Review. BMC Geriatrics, 11(Article 55), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Valenzuela, M., Sachdev, P., Wen, W., Chen, X., Brodaty, H. (2008). Lifespan Mental Activity Predicts Diminished Rate of Hippocampal Atrophy. PLoS One, 3(7), 1-6. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). Cultivating a Cognitive Lifestyle. National Dementia Research Forum 2011, Sydney.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). Dogs, dermis and dementia: Regeneration and degeneration in man's best friend. Alzheimer's Australia 14th National Conference, Brisbane.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). Early Career Research Session - Grantsmanship. National Dementia Research Forum 2011, Sydney.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). Exercise for the mind and the body. National Dementia Research Forum 2011, Sydney.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). Neurogenesis in the Live Human Brain: Opportunities and Challenges for Psychiatry. First National Symposium On Translational Psychiatry.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2010). Cognitive Lifestyle and Brain Training. International Federation of Aging 2010, Melbourne.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2010). Detection of neurogenesis in psychiatric patients for response prediction. Neuroimaging as Endpoints in Clinical Trials Summer Workshop, Provence, France.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2009). Brain Training for the Prevention of dementia. Masterclass in Alzheimer's Disease, Sydney.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2009). Cognitive Lifestyle, Dogs, Dermis and Dementia Prevention. Columbia University College of Surgeons and Physicians seminar series.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2009). Reducing Dementia Risk: Cognitive lifestyle and brain training. International Federation of Aging 10th Global Conference of Aging, Melbourne.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2008). Can Cognitive Training Prevent Dementia. Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease AAICAD 2009, United States: Alzheimer's Association.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2008). Lifespan Mental Activity Predicts Diminished Rate of Hippocampal Atrophy. Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease AAICAD 2008, United States: Alzheimer's Association.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2008). The SMART Trial: Study of Mental Activity & Regular Training for the prevention of cognitive decline in at-risk elderly. International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology, Sydney.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2008). Use it or Lose it - Preventing Cognitive Decline. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), Sydney.

2014

  • Carrasco, J., Georgevsky, D., Valenzuela, M., McGreevy, P. (2014). A pilot study of sexual dimorphism in the head morphology of domestic dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: clinical applications and research, 9(1), 43-46. [More Information]
  • Gates, N., Valenzuela, M., Sachdev, P., Fiatarone Singh, M. (2014). Psychological well-being in individuals with mild cognitive impairment. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 9, 779-792. [More Information]

2013

  • Siette, J., Westbrook, R., Cotman, C., Sidhu, K., Zhu, W., Sachdev, P., Valenzuela, M. (2013). Age-Specific Effects of Voluntary Exercise on Memory and the Older Brain. Biological Psychiatry, 73(5), 435-442. [More Information]
  • Valenzuela, M., Leon, I., Suo, C., Martinez Piamba, D., Kochan, N., Brodaty, H., Sachdev, P. (2013). Cognitive Lifestyle in Older Persons: The Population-Based Sydney Memory & Ageing Study. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 36(1), 87-97. [More Information]
  • McGreevy, P., Georgevsky, D., Carrasco, J., Valenzuela, M., Duffy, D., Serpell, J. (2013). Dog Behavior Co-Varies with Height, Bodyweight and Skull Shape. PLoS One, 8(12), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Valenzuela, M., Bartres-Faz, D., Bullmore, E., Fjell, A., Maletic-Savetic, M., Martins, R., Solowij, N., Yucel, M. (2013). More thinking about less data: a perspective from the 2nd Provence Summer Workshop. Molecular Psychiatry, 18(5), 524-525. [More Information]
  • Borness, C., Proudfoot, J., Crawford, J., Valenzuela, M. (2013). Putting Brain Training to the Test in the Workplace: A Randomized, Blinded, Multisite, Active-Controlled Trial. PLoS One, 8(3), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Gates, N., Fiatarone Singh, M., Sachdev, P., Valenzuela, M. (2013). The Effect of Exercise Training on Cognitive Function in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21(11), 1086-1097. [More Information]
  • Summers, M., Saunders, N., Valenzuela, M., Summers, J., Ritchie, K., Robinson, A., Vickers, J. (2013). The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project (THBP): a prospective longitudinal examination of the effect of university-level education in older adults in preventing age-related cognitive decline and reducing the risk of dementia. International Psychogeriatrics, 25(7), 1145-1155. [More Information]

2012

  • Marioni, R., van den Hout, A., Valenzuela, M., Brayne, C., Matthews, F. (2012). Active cognitive lifestyle associates with cognitive recovery and a reduced risk of cognitive decline. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 28(1), 223-230. [More Information]
  • Marioni, R., Valenzuela, M., van den Hout, A., Brayne, C., Matthews, F. (2012). Active cognitive lifestyle is associated with positive cognitive health transitions and compression of morbidity from age sixty-five. PLoS One, 7(12), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Valenzuela, M., Esler, M., Ritchie, K., Brodaty, H. (2012). Antihypertensives for combating dementia? A perspective on candidate molecular mechanisms and population-based prevention. Translational Psychiatry, 2, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Salvin, H., MaGrath, C., McGreevy, P., Valenzuela, M. (2012). Development of a novel paradigm for the measurement of olfactory discrimination in dogs (Canis familiaris): A pilot study. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: clinical applications and research, 7(1), 3-10. [More Information]
  • Borness, C., Proudfoot, J., Valenzuela, M. (2012). Methodological Challenges and Solutions When Conducting a Multicenter, Online, Randomized Controlled Trial of Brain Training Within a Public Service Organization. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health: employee assistance practice and research, 27(4), 272-288. [More Information]
  • Valenzuela, M., Matthews, F., Brayne, C., Ince, P., Halliday, G., Kril, J., Dalton, M., Richardson, K., Forster, G., Sachdev, P. (2012). Multiple Biological Pathways Link Cognitive Lifestyle to Protection from Dementia. Biological Psychiatry, 71(9), 783-791. [More Information]
  • Suo, C., Valenzuela, M. (2012). Neuroimaging Outcomes of Brain Training Trials. In Prof. Peter Bright (Eds.), Neuroimaging Outcomes of Brain Training Trials, (pp. 417-430). Rijeka, Croatia: Intech.
  • Suo, C., Leon, I., Brodaty, H., Troller, J., Wen, W., Sachdev, P., Valenzuela, M. (2012). Supervisory experience at work is linked to low rate of hippocampal atrophy in late life. NeuroImage, 63(3), 1542-1551. [More Information]

2011

  • Gates, N., Sachdev, P., Fiatarone Singh, M., Valenzuela, M. (2011). Cognitive and memory training in adults at risk of dementia: A Systematic Review. BMC Geriatrics, 11(Article 55), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). Cultivating a Cognitive Lifestyle. National Dementia Research Forum 2011, Sydney.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). Dogs, dermis and dementia: Regeneration and degeneration in man's best friend. Alzheimer's Australia 14th National Conference, Brisbane.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). Early Career Research Session - Grantsmanship. National Dementia Research Forum 2011, Sydney.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). Exercise for the mind and the body. National Dementia Research Forum 2011, Sydney.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). Maintain Your Brain. Australia: ABC Books.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). Neurogenesis in the Live Human Brain: Opportunities and Challenges for Psychiatry. First National Symposium On Translational Psychiatry.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2011). The Changing Brain. In Unknown (Eds.), HEALTH, (pp. 174-185).

2010

  • Valenzuela, M. (2010). Cognitive Lifestyle and Brain Training. International Federation of Aging 2010, Melbourne.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2010). Detection of neurogenesis in psychiatric patients for response prediction. Neuroimaging as Endpoints in Clinical Trials Summer Workshop, Provence, France.

2009

  • Valenzuela, M. (2009). Brain Training for the Prevention of dementia. Masterclass in Alzheimer's Disease, Sydney.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2009). Cognitive Lifestyle, Dogs, Dermis and Dementia Prevention. Columbia University College of Surgeons and Physicians seminar series.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2009). Its Never Too Late to Change Your Mind: The Latest Medical Thinking on What You Can Do to Avoid Dementia. Annandale: ABC Books.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2009). Reducing Dementia Risk: Cognitive lifestyle and brain training. International Federation of Aging 10th Global Conference of Aging, Melbourne.

2008

  • Valenzuela, M. (2008). Can Cognitive Training Prevent Dementia. Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease AAICAD 2009, United States: Alzheimer's Association.
  • Valenzuela, M., Sachdev, P., Wen, W., Chen, X., Brodaty, H. (2008). Lifespan Mental Activity Predicts Diminished Rate of Hippocampal Atrophy. PLoS One, 3(7), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Valenzuela, M. (2008). Lifespan Mental Activity Predicts Diminished Rate of Hippocampal Atrophy. Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease AAICAD 2008, United States: Alzheimer's Association.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2008). The SMART Trial: Study of Mental Activity & Regular Training for the prevention of cognitive decline in at-risk elderly. International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology, Sydney.
  • Valenzuela, M. (2008). Use it or Lose it - Preventing Cognitive Decline. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), Sydney.

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