Dr Sophie Chen, PhD: 2021
The relationship between dietary patterns and neurocognitive health among older adults
Diet may be a promising strategy to postpone, slow or prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk of dementia. My thesis investigated the important question as to whether, and how effective, different types of dietary patterns and related food groups are in protecting against neurocognitive decline in older adults.
Dr Yue Liu, PhD: 2020
Contribution of cerebrovascular and Alzheimer-type pathology in the aetiology of neurocognitive disorders
Alzheimer’s disease and cerebrovascular disease are the two most prevalent causes of dementia. However, the molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia remains incompletely understood. Combined vascular and Alzheimer’s disease pathology is the leading cause of dementia in the very old. My thesis explored the association and interaction between cerebrovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease pathology/dementia from the perspectives of plasma lipid profiles, imaging biomarkers, post-mortem pathology, and animal models.
Associate Professor Anne Wand, PhD: 2020
Understanding self-harm in the very old: A qualitative study with implications for clinical care and wider society.
My thesis presented novel insights into why the very old self-harm and the importance of relationships with family/friends and clinicians, which influence the decision to self-harm and outcomes. A brief educational intervention based upon this qualitative work had immediate impact on the knowledge and confidence of multidisciplinary clinicians.
Anne Wand was awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses 2020, UNSW Medicine.
PhD and Masters by Research completions since 2016
Dr Sophie Chen, PhD: The relationship between dietary patterns and neurocognitive health among older adults
Dr Yue Liu, PhD: Contribution of cerebrovascular and Alzheimer-type pathology in the aetiology of neurocognitive disorders
Associate Professor Anne Wand, PhD: Understanding self-harm in the very old: A qualitative study with implications for clinical care and wider society
Dr Matthew Wong, PhD: Natural Variation in the Human Plasma Lipidome Signature using Mass Spectrometry: Relevance to Healthy Ageing
Dr Helen Wu, PhD: The Role of Reripheral Blood MicroRNA as a Biomarker of Alzheimer’s Disease
Xi (Sophie) Chen, Masters by Research: The relationship of diet to neurocognitive health
Dr Matthew Lennon, Masters by Research: Risk and preventive factors in Dementia – An international harmonization of longitudinal studies
Dr Ruby Tsang, PhD: Nature and nurture: Insights from genetic, environmental and epigenomic studies of late-life depression
Dr Anne-Nicole Casey, PhD: The Friendship and Relationship Interactions in the Elderly Networks Description (FRIEND) Study
Dr Tharusha Jayasena, PhD: The roles of sirtuins and polyphenols in brain ageing and neurodegeneration
Dr Claire O'Connor, PhD: Understanding behaviour and function in frontotemporal dementia: developing better intervention approaches
Dr Alistair Perry, PhD: Brain networks in healthy ageing and psychiatric conditions
Dr Yue Liu, Masters by Research: Using fluid biomarkers to examine the relationship between CVD and AD pathologies
Dr Jiyang Jiang Thesis, PhD: The relationships of inflammation with brain structures in older individuals as revealed by multimodal magnetic resonance imaging techniques
Dr Zixuan (Sophie) Yang, PhD: Structural MRI in late life with a special focus on the oldest old