Upcoming Events

20 Sep 18

Ageing and Brain Health - Research Showcase

This PhD and Early Career Researcher showcase will focus on how the brain changes when people age, and how to keep a healthy brain through positive lifestyle choices.


The four presentations will look into the impacts of high blood glucose and fat mass changes on the ageing brain, which predict mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as how physical exercise, diet and digital literacy can help to maintain a healthy brain.

  • Learn about brain ageing
  • Understand the importance of a healthy brain
  • Consider the benefits of healthy eating
  • Explore positive lifestyle choices for cognitive health
  • Develop a healthy policy for the ageing population
  • Analyse health data
  • Evaluate health prevention and intervention actions



About our speakers and their topics:

Glucose on the ageing mind

Dr Erin Walsh, post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (CRAHW), Research School of Population Health (RSPH) at ANU. With a background in psychology and research methods, the focus of her current work is the impact of high blood glucose on the ageing brain in the context of related influences on brain ageing, such as physical exercise and diet.

The impact of fat mass changes in premenopausal and postmenopausal women on the brain

Mr Ananthan Ambikairajah, PhD candidate at CRAHW, RSPH, ANU. He has completed his Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience), and Master of Teaching (Secondary) degrees at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. His PhD thesis aims to understand the interaction between cardiovascular risk factors and menopausal status on structural brain changes. He has a keen interest in conducting research that can have a positive, widespread impact on society, in addition to communicating his scientific work to the public to spark interest, critical thought and encourage scientific discourse.

Prediction of mild cognitive impairment: Who convert to Alzheimer’s disease?

Dr Hossein Tabatabeie-Jafari, PhD candidate at the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and wellbeing (CRAHW), Research School of Population Health (RSPH) at ANU. He is a medical graduate (MD) and a trained addition specialist with some research on neural substrates of cue-elicited craving in chronic heroin users; fMRI studies. In his PhD project, he looks at changes in the brain structure in mild cognitive impairment, the prodromal phase of Alzheimer’s disease.

Nuera – Senior Surfers: Investigating the digital literacy of National Seniors Australia members

Mrs Janet Maccora, second-year PhD candidate at UNSW and Neuroscience Research Australia, investigating the association between lifelong education and memory resilience in later life. She has a background in epidemiology, with an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Janet also works as a research officer at National Seniors Australia and has been exploring digital literacy among members, finding that not all seniors are being left behind by the digital divide.


Programme of events

Glucose on the ageing mind Dr Erin Walsh 5:00 to 5:25 pm

The impact of fat mass changes in
premenopausal and postmenopausal
women on the brain

Mr Ananthan Ambikairajah

5:25 to 5:50pm
Break for tea & coffee

5:50 to 6:10pm

Prediction of mild cognitive impairment:
Who convert to Alzheimer’s disease?

Dr Hossein Tabatabeie-Jafari 6:10 to 6:35pm

Senior Surfers: Investigating the digital
literacy of National Seniors Australia members

Mrs Janet Maccora 6:35 to 7:00 pm

In Collaboration with:

Centre for Research on Ageing Health & Wellbeing (CRAHW)
Research School of Population Health (ANU)

Event and Registration Details

Online Registration:
To register online, please scroll down, select your type of registration and click 'Submit'.

Event Date & Time: Thursday 20th September 5.00 - 7.00pm

Event Location: Bob Douglas Theatre, Eggleston Rd, ANU (on left after turning from Mills Rd), ACT

Registrations Open: 9th Jul 18 1:00 AM

Registrations Close: 14th Sep 18 8:00 PM

Places Available: 46

AAG Members & Non-Members free registration.
Gold coin donation at the door of the event please.






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