Anxiety and neurodegeneration in preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Future
Department
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Stephen Campbell campbell.s@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page
Professor Cassandra Szoeke cszoeke@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Project Details

Anxiety has been shown to have a negative impact on cognitive function, with a strong link between a decline in cognitive performance in later life and increased anxiety levels. Research has demonstrated that increased anxiety was a significant predictor of cognitive decline. However the causal nature of the relationship between anxiety and cognitive decline has not yet been established, with some suggestions that anxiety and depression are instead a reaction to the onset of cognitive decline, although it’s likely a bidirectional relationship.

In this project, you will examine the relationship between anxiety and neurodegeneration in preclinical Alzheimer's disease in women in later-life. The project will provide a unique opportunity to work on an Australian dataset with midlife and late-life data collected (data over 20 years), and will suit a candidate with interest in cognition and ageing. There is also opportunity for publication.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the supervisor to discuss your options.


School Research Themes

Women's Health, Neuroscience & Psychiatry



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department

Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Healthy Ageing Program

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital