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More Years of Education Reduces Risk of Dementia
More Years of Education Reduces Risk of Dementia

More Years of Education Reduces Risk of Dementia

5 August 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au An international research study led by the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at UNSW Sydney has provided further support to the finding that more years of education are associated with a decreased risk of dementia.  The research,… Read More
Making “Mindreading” Easier on the Mind: A New Version of a Theory of Mind Assessment for Older Adults
Making “Mindreading” Easier on the Mind: A New Version of a Theory of Mind Assessment for Older Adults

Making “Mindreading” Easier on the Mind: A New Version of a Theory of Mind Assessment for Older Adults

14 July 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Researchers from UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) have developed an enhanced version of a popular test for theory of mind, making it shorter and more effective for use with older adults. The research, published in the… Read More
Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Genetic Variants for Two Neuroimaging Traits
Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Genetic Variants for Two Neuroimaging Traits

Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Genetic Variants for Two Neuroimaging Traits

22 June 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au A world-first international genetics study co-led by Dr Karen Mather at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney, Associate Professor Armstrong and Professor Nyquist and colleagues, has identified genetic variants for two… Read More
Reversing Cognitive Decline through Reduced Alcohol Consumption – World First Study
Reversing Cognitive Decline through Reduced Alcohol Consumption – World First Study

Reversing Cognitive Decline through Reduced Alcohol Consumption – World First Study

22 June 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Dr Louise Mewton, UNSW Scientia Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney, has been awarded close to $600,000 to uncover exciting new avenues in dementia prevention. The world-first research, funded by a… Read More
Australian Mental Health Prize – Call for Nominations
Australian Mental Health Prize – Call for Nominations

Australian Mental Health Prize – Call for Nominations

15 June 2020

The Australian Mental Health Prize is awarded annually to an Australian who has made outstanding contributions to the field of mental health.  CHeBA's Co-Directors Professor Henry Brodaty and Professor Perminder Sachdev, both members of the Prize Advisory Board, encourage… Read More
Over-use of Antipsychotics Without Consent in Long Term Aged Care
Over-use of Antipsychotics Without Consent in Long Term Aged Care

Over-use of Antipsychotics Without Consent in Long Term Aged Care

4 June 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Researchers from the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) and the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at UNSW Sydney have highlighted a critical need to address non-consensual and overly lengthy use of antipsychotics in… Read More
Research Grant to Fund Major Advance in Fight Against Dementia
Research Grant to Fund Major Advance in Fight Against Dementia

Research Grant to Fund Major Advance in Fight Against Dementia

20 May 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Co-Director of UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), Professor Perminder Sachdev AM, has been awarded a $3.289 million National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grant to develop robust biomarkers… Read More
Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Worse Cognitive Performance After a Stroke; Prediabetes not Linked, but Prevention Needed
Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Worse Cognitive Performance After a Stroke; Prediabetes not Linked, but Prevention Needed

Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Worse Cognitive Performance After a Stroke; Prediabetes not Linked, but Prevention Needed

15 May 2020

People with Type 2 diabetes, but not those with prediabetes, had worse cognitive performance three to six months after a stroke than those with normal fasting blood sugar levels, according to new research led by UNSW's Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) published today in… Read More
Certain Memory Complaints Predict Future Dementia
Certain Memory Complaints Predict Future Dementia

Certain Memory Complaints Predict Future Dementia

13 May 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Research led by Dr Katya Numbers from UNSW’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) has shown that certain presentations of memory concerns by older adults are predictive of future dementia. The findings published today in PLOS ONE… Read More
Cost-Effective Non-Pharmacological Approaches for Dementia Care
Cost-Effective Non-Pharmacological Approaches for Dementia Care

Cost-Effective Non-Pharmacological Approaches for Dementia Care

6 May 2020

Researchers from the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) at UNSW Sydney have shown that non-pharmacological approaches can not only reduce behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia (BPSD*), but also that they are cost-effective. The… Read More
Measuring Complexity of the Brain
Measuring Complexity of the Brain

Measuring Complexity of the Brain

5 May 2020

An international collaboration between the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) and Beihang University in China has researched differential longitudinal changes in structural complexity and volumetric measures in community-dwelling older individuals. The research analysed… Read More
People Aged 95+ Show Stronger Brain Connectivity
People Aged 95+ Show Stronger Brain Connectivity

People Aged 95+ Show Stronger Brain Connectivity

5 May 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au World-first research led by neuroimaging expert Dr Jiyang Jiang at UNSW’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) has found that those aged 95 and over demonstrated more activation between the left and ride side of their brain than their… Read More
New Evaluation of Telephone Screening Test Increases Accessibility to Cognitive Assessment for Older Australians
New Evaluation of Telephone Screening Test Increases Accessibility to Cognitive Assessment for Older Australians

New Evaluation of Telephone Screening Test Increases Accessibility to Cognitive Assessment for Older Australians

23 April 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au As the Australian population ages, rapid and early detection of cognitive impairment and dementia will be of increasing benefit in reducing costs and improving health outcomes for older persons. To diagnose dementia early, individuals are… Read More
Worldwide Study Unlocks Genetic Secrets of the Grey Matter
Worldwide Study Unlocks Genetic Secrets of the Grey Matter

Worldwide Study Unlocks Genetic Secrets of the Grey Matter

20 March 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au A major international collaboration using data from two UNSW Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) studies, the Sydney Memory & Ageing Study and the Older Australian Twins Study, has produced the first genetic map of the cerebral… Read More
New Rating Scale Developed to Quantify Cerebrovascular Damage
New Rating Scale Developed to Quantify Cerebrovascular Damage

New Rating Scale Developed to Quantify Cerebrovascular Damage

16 March 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Research led by Dr Matt Paradise at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney, has developed a rating scale to better understand the effects of certain aspects of cerebrovascular disease and its association with dementia. … Read More