The Ageing Brain Program Research Opportunities

Summary

The Healthy Brain Ageing Program focuses on whether early intervention programs targeting these risk factors are effective at reducing cognitive decline, depression and underlying brain changes that are associated with dementia. The Program incorporates a number of clinical and intervention studies including: 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, and the efficacy of various interventions Pharmacological interventions: An evaluation of the preventative capacity for omega-3 and antidepressants to reduce cognitive decline and brain changes in older ‘at risk' people. We are currently seeking applicants with an interest in sleep and cognition

Supervisor(s)

Associate Professor Sharon Naismith

Research Location

Camperdown - Brain and Mind Research Institute

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

With the rapidly ageing population, diseases that affect the brain including depression and dementia are increasing. While there are no known 'cures' for some neurodegenenerative diseases such as Alzheimers, a large body of research demonstrates that there are some 'modifiable' risk factors of cognitive decline and depression in later life. The Healthy Brain Ageing Program at the BMRI aims to apply the principles of early intervention for cognitive decline by targeting these 'modifiable' risk factors. Modifiable risk factors include vascular risk factors (e.g., high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol), lifestyle risks (e.g., exercise, diet, cognitive activity) as well as changes in mood and sleep. 
The Healthy Brain Ageing Program now focuses on whether early intervention programs targeting these risk factors are effective at reducing cognitive decline, depression and underlying brain changes that are associated with dementia. The Program incorporates a number of clinical and public health studies including: 

  1. Cognitive Training: A comprehensive cognitive training program for older ‘at risk’ people with mood or early memory changes
  2. 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.
  3. Internet interventions: An evaluation of an internet intervention for depression for participants in the 45 and Up study who have cardiovascular disease
  4. Pharmacological interventions: An evaluation of the preventative capacity for omega-3 and antidepressants to reduce cognitive decline and brain changes in older ‘at risk’ people.
The Ageing Brain Program has a number of higher degree research opportunities and we encourage interested candidates to contact us and discuss a research opportunity that will best suit your experience and career path.

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Keywords

Parkinson, Ageing, Alzheimers, dementia, Sleep, early intervention, cognitive decline, vascular, Internet, e-health, Alzheimer's

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1203

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