Dr Nicole Kochan is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing within the School of Psychiatry. Research interests include the early identification of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias through sensitive neuropsychological measures, computerised tests of cognition and functional magnetic resonance imaging methods (functional MRI). Dr Kochan leads the neuropsychological arm of the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study.
Current research projects include:
A study funded by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (DCRC - Assessment and Better Care) to develop normative neuropsychological data for older Australians to improve the early identification of cognitive impairment in older adults and to address the challenges of diagnosing mild cognitive impairment in individuals from linguistic minorities.
A study investigating the clinical utility of a behavioural measure of performance variability as an early cognitive marker of future dementia.
A study examining changes in brain activity in response to a memory stress test using functional MRI as a potential neuroimaging biomarker of future dementia in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.
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