Past events 1 Nov 2018 to 31 Oct 2019

02 Aug 19

Students Seminar - Flinders University SA

Hear about novel innovations in ageing science from up-and-coming student researchers!

Join us for an event showcasing recent work from a diverse group of student researchers. Presentations will include novel topics ranging from basic neuroscience to applied practice.

  • Hear from the next generation of scientists in ageing
  • Learn about new concepts in ageing science
  • Support student researchers in ageing science

Our speakers:

Samantha Lai

Sam Lai is a recent Psychology (Honours) graduate with keen interests in child and youth mental health, health education, promotion and policy. In 2018, Sam developed, implemented and evaluated an intergenerational dementia program and focused specifically on quality of life outcomes and the experiences of older participants with dementia. She now works between the SA Mental Health Commission and Uniting Care Wesley Bowden and is involved in multiple projects which incorporate lived experience, community engagement and diversity into the mental health sector.

Justine Irving

Justine has a diverse professional background in government, university and the private sector. She discovered her interest in gerontology through the later stages of her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and has continued to pursue professional and research opportunities in ageing. Justine completed the Master of Applied Gerontology with Flinders University and now coordinates and teaches within this program. Through her current PhD project she is seeking to understand how and why sense of purpose changes with age.

Lavender Otieno

Lavender is currently a PhD student at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of A/Prof John Semmler and Dr Simran Sidhu. Research topic focused on understanding the age related impact of fatigue on the brain. Completed an honours degree in the Discipline of Physiology at the University of Adelaide in 2017. Also completed a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Science in 2016, with a major in Biochemistry and Physiology.

Brodie Hand

Brodie Hand is a current Ph.D student at the Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide. His doctoral research bridges exercise, brain plasticity and motor behaviour. He completed an honours degree in Health and Medical Science in 2017, during which he investigated the influence of brain stimulation on motor skill acquisition throughout ageing.


Sabrina Sghirripa

Sabrina is currently a PhD Candidate in Medicine at the University of Adelaide, and a member of the Neuromotor Plasticity and Development Research (NeuroPAD) Group. Her research involves using electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate the neurophysiology underlying human cognitive ageing. She is particularly interested in the role of alpha oscillations during complex cognitive processes, as well as how lifestyle factors mediate, and can be optimised, to increase the likelihood of successful cognitive ageing.


Event timetable

Talk Title Presenter Time

'Bridging the gap between the youngest and oldest members of community through the Forget Me Not program'.

Sam Lai 12.00-12.15

‘What’s the point? Ageing with purpose’.

Justine Irving 12.15-12.30
‘Brain function underlying the effects of exercise and fatigue on motor function in older adults’ Lavender Otieno 12.30-12.45

‘Rewiring the Ageing Brain’

Brodie Hand 12.45-1.00
‘Age-related changes in alpha oscillations during working memory’ Sabrina Sghirripa 1.00-1.15

For information on the venue location, accessibility and amenities click here

Event Date & Time: 2nd August 12.00pm - 1.30pm

Event Location: Flinders University Victoria Square, SA
Room 1, Level 1
182 Victoria Square
Adelaide 5001

Registrations Open: 16th Jul 19 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 2nd Aug 19 11:59 PM

Places Available: 63

This is a free event
Light refreshments will be provided

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