Dr Kristan Kang joined CHeBA in 2008 as the Data Manager. He oversees the design, collection and distribution of data collected from thousands of research participants, and also manages CHeBA’s data governance and compliance requirements. His goal is to provide the highest quality data to the research community while maintaining good research practice and respecting the privacy and contribution of the volunteers who generously give their time to participate in CHeBA’s research. He also manages CHeBA’s Brain Donation Program – a long term collaboration with the Sydney Brain Bank and the Australian Brain Bank Network.
Kristan has a diverse background having worked in nuclear, cognitive and health sciences, academic teaching and research, crisis counselling and homelessness, information technology, and the performing arts. He has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, has co-authored numerous scientific research articles, and has been awarded grants from bodies including the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping and the National Institute of Health (USA).
Both of Kristan’s parents suffer from dementia, so he has first-hand experience as a carer and appreciates the issues related to dementia - on both an academic and a personal level.