Research Interests:
1) Prevention of cognitive decline and dementia - Maintain Your Brain, a randomised controlled trial of 6326persons has been completed; analyses are underway; (2) Cognitive health and ageing: What predicts cognitive decline in older people? Our Memory and Ageing Study followed a population based sample of 1037 people aged 70-90 when recruited in 2006/07 in detail every two years in order to discover  risk and protective factors for cognitive decline and dementia. We are now repeating this study to determine  whether there has been a change in risk factors and in rate of cognitive decline (3) Dementia, particularly Alzheimer's disease: a) how to improve its detection and management by GPs; b) the effects on family carers and on how best to help them; c) ways to improve quality of life in people with dementia and d) reduce behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)   5) Improve post-diagnostic care - we have developed to provide assistance to people after diagnosis, their care partners and health care practitioners.

Broad Research Areas:
Ageing, Psychiatry, Gerontology - Geriatrics, Neurodegenerative Diseases


Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, International Psychogeriatric Association, Alzheimer's Association, NSW, Alzheimer's Association, Australia, Alzheimer's Disease International, Australian Association of Gerontology

Specific Research Keywords:
Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Depression, Nursing Homes, Behavioural Symptoms, Prevention