Cognitive Health

Project Details

The Healthy Ageing Program's research in Cognitive Health involves the early detection of cognitive decline using biomarkers, as well as the identification of associated vascular and hormonal risk factors. The program has also collected longitudinal neuropsychological data.

Our current research in this area includes:

  • Examining neuropsychological trajectories using data collected from a longitudinal study
  • Preventing dementia and cognitive decline
  • Subjective memory complaints, frailty, and dementia


  • Professor Cassandra Szoeke
  • Professor David Ames
  • Professor Marita McCabe
  • Dr Steven Campbell
  • Dr Joanne Robertson
  • Dr Georgia McCluskey
  • Christa Dang
  • Katherine Burn

Research Outcomes

Our research in the media

Research Publications

  • Goodwill, A. M., Campbell, S., Simpson Jr, S., Bisignano, M., Chiang, C., Dennerstein, L., & Szoeke, C. (2018). Vitamin D status is associated with executive function a decade later: data from the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project. Maturitas107, 56-62. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2017.10.005
  • Szoeke, C., Lehert, P., Henderson, V. W., Dennerstein, L., Desmond, P., & Campbell, S. (2016). Predictive factors for verbal memory performance over decades of aging: data from the Women's healthy ageing project. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry24(10), 857-867. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2016.05.008
  • Burn, K., & Szoeke, C. (2015). Grandparenting predicts late-life cognition: Results from the Women's Healthy Ageing Project. Maturitas81(2), 317-322. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2015.03.013
  • Chua, C. K., Henderson, V. W., Dennerstein, L., Ames, D., & Szoeke, C. (2014). Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate and cognition in midlife, post-menopausal women. Neurobiology of aging35(7), 1654-1655. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.01.140
  • Ellis, K. A., Szoeke, C., Bush, A. I., Darby, D., Graham, P. L., Lautenschlager, N. T., ... & McBride, S. J. (2014). Rates of diagnostic transition and cognitive change at 18-month follow-up among 1,112 participants in the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing (AIBL). International Psychogeriatrics26(4), 543-554. doi: 10.1017/S1041610213001956
  • Carrillo, M. C., Rowe, C. C., Szoeke, C., Masters, C. L., Ames, D., O’Meara, T., ... & Rainey-Smith, S. R. (2013). Research and standardization in Alzheimer's trials: reaching international consensus. Alzheimer's & Dementia9(2), 160-168. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2012.10.006
  • Szoeke, C. E., Campbell, S. R., Lautenschlager, N. T., Yastrubetskaya, O., & Ames, D. (2010). What’s the future of treatment for Alzheimer’s disease? Modern Medicine, 29, 20-32.
  • McBride, S. J., Szoeke, C. E., Good, N. M., Ames, D., Martins, R. N., Masters, C. L., ... & Ellis, K. A. (2011). A web‐based normative data tool for assessing cognitive performance in healthy older Australians. Medical Journal of Australia194, S12-S14.
  • Petrovski, S., Szoeke, C. E. I., Jones, N. C., Salzberg, M. R., Sheffield, L. J., Huggins, R. M., & O'Brien, T. J. (2010). Neuropsychiatric symptomatology predicts seizure recurrence in newly treated patients. Neurology75(11), 1015-1021. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181f25b16
  • Szoeke, C., Bladin, C., Gordon, A., & Mackay, M. T. (2009). Stroke presenting under 3 hours in patients younger than 18 years of age. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience16(11), 1481-1482. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2009.01.014
  • Goodwill, A. M., Campbell, S., Henderson, V. W., Gorelik, A., Dennerstein, L., McClung, M., & Szoeke, C. (2019). Robust norms for neuropsychological tests of verbal episodic memory in Australian women. Neuropsychology33(4), 581. doi: 10.1037/neu0000522
  • Albrecht, M. A., Szoeke, C., Maruff, P., Savage, G., Lautenschlager, N. T., Ellis, K. A., ... & Foster, J. K. (2015). Longitudinal cognitive decline in the AIBL cohort: the role of ApoE ε4 status. Neuropsychologia75, 411-419. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.06.008
  • Burn, K. F., Henderson, V. W., Ames, D., Dennerstein, L., & Szoeke, C. (2014). Role of grandparenting in postmenopausal women’s cognitive health: results from the Women’s Healthy Aging Project. Menopause21(10), 1069-1074. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000236
  • Lee, Y. E. C., Anderson, J. F., Dennerstein, L., Henderson, V. W., & Szoeke, C. (2013). Normative Data for the Tower of L ondon Performance in A ustralian Midlife Women. Australian Psychologist48(6), 402-407. doi: 10.1111/ap.12033
  • Research Group

    Healthy Ageing Program

    Faculty Research Themes


    School Research Themes

    Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Women's Health, Infectious Diseases and Immunity, Musculoskeletal , Cardiometabolic

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