PhD and Masters by Research Completions

Dr Sophie Chen

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.

I am so thankful to have been able to undertake my PhD in CHeBA and DCRC- where I have received incredible academic guidance, constant support, and great encouragement to strive for my best as a researcher and clinician.

Yue Liu PhD

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.

The great supervision and assistance I received at CHeBA inspired me to continue exploring the nature of dementia in the future.

Anne Wand

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.

I was fortunate to be guided by the triumvirate of Profs, Peisah, Draper and Brodaty. Their expertise, support, encouragement and mentorship was instrumental to the success of the project.

PhD and Masters by Research completions since 2016

2021

Dr Sophie Chen, PhD: The relationship between dietary patterns and neurocognitive health among older adults

2020

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

2019

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 

2018

Dr Ruby Tsang, PhD: Nature and nurture: Insights from genetic, environmental and epigenomic studies of late-life depression

2017

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

2016

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