Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Cognition in Ageing Women

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Department / Centre
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Jesse Zanker
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Cassandra Szoeke

Summary This project aims to evaluate the association of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Cognition in Ageing Women over 20 years of follow-up.

Project Details

Project description: Several studies have described the benefit of lifestyle change for healthy ageing and cognitive improvement. A lack of physical activity and sedentary behaviours may have deleterious consequences on health such as increased rate of cognitive impairment and cardiovascular disease.Current guidelines are limited with recommendations that we “Minimise the time spent being sedentary every day”. As such, more evidence is needed to define the dose-response between sedentary behaviours and health outcomes. Furthermore, a better understanding of the interaction between physical activity and sedentary behaviour on health outcomes is needed. In other words, can physical activity negate the negative effects of sedentary behaviour?

In this project, we have a 20 year longitudinal dataset in which we will examine the influence of physical activity and sedentary behaviour of cognitive performance and health. This project will involve direct hands-on participant evaluation and provide clinical skills experience. You will also have the opportunity to
work with a rich database with lifestyle data that spans over 20 years, as well as an opportunity for publication.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD students
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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Department / Centre


Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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