Investigating Alcohol-Related Dementia

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Andrew Lawrence 90356692 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Christina Perry

Project Details

Alcohol-related dementia (ARD) is one of the leading causes of secondary (preventable) dementia, and younger onset dementia (onset of symptoms prior to 65 years) in Australia. Together with the high rates of alcohol consumption in Australia, this means that ARD is becoming an increasingly urgent public health issue. The only treatment currently available for ARD is alcohol rehabilitation and abstinence. However, emerging evidence from animal models indicates that exercise may act as a protective factor against the neurotoxic effects of alcohol, and is even able to reverse some of the brain injury that occurs following alcohol exposure.

The aim of this project is to use a validated rodent model to:

  1. Characterise the cognitive and neuropathological symptoms of ARD.
  2. Evaluate the restorative effects of abstinence combined with voluntary exercise on these symptoms.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health

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