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Cognition and Ageing

Population ageing is leading to an increasing number of people living with cognitive impairment and dementia, which has been associated with an increased risk of falls and injuries.

Project supervisor(s)

Dr Helen Macpherson

Cognitive frailty is an emerging concept which refers to the presence of both frailty and cognitive impairment. Currently the mechanisms which may link cognitive impairment to physical decline in muscle mass, strength and function are poorly understood. This project aims to improve our understanding of the risk factors and underlying physiological changes which contribute to concurrent decline to brain health and mobility. Findings from this study will help with the development of suitable interventions to target cognitive and physical decline in older people.

Applications are invited for a PhD student to work on this project under the supervision of Dr Helen Macpherson at the Institute for Physical Activity Nutrition, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Students will possess an undergraduate degree with Honours (first class, or anticipation of 1st class Honours in 2019) in a relevant Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience or Health Sciences discipline. Interested students must be eligible for enrolment in a PhD program at Deakin University and eligible to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award or equivalent. We will work with suitably qualified applicants to apply for scholarship funding.

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