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Exercise and cognitive health

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Belinda Brown
    Prof K Erickson
    Assoc Prof Jeremiah Peiffer
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Project Description

The prevalence of dementia is expected to soar in the coming decades. Delaying dementia onset by 5 years could potentially halve incidence and have a substantial economic impact. Currently, no cure for dementia exists, thus it is essential that effective preventative approaches to delay onset are identified, evaluated, and translated into the community.

This project provides an exciting opportunity to study the relationship between exercise and factors associated with an increased risk of dementia. This project will include evaluating exercise and/or levels of physical activity in relation to measures of cognition, neuroimaging and physical function. It may also include the examination of genetic factors and other biological markers to understand moderating and mediating pathways underlying the relationship between exercise and the brain. The primary supervisor of this project will be Dr Belinda Brown at Murdoch University, and your co-supervisory team will include Professor Kirk Erickson from the University of Pittsburgh.

The successful candidate will use data from ongoing longitudinal and interventional projects, as well as collecting novel data, to answer questions relating to the impact of exercise on the brain.

Successful individuals may also be given the opportunity to spend time at the University of Pittsburgh to work toward their project objectives. This PhD scholarship opportunity is open to both domestic and international applicants. It is important to note that the scholarship must commence by July 1st, 2020.

Interested candidates should submit:
1. A detailed CV
2. Expression of interest (one page maximum)
Please submit all your application documents to Dr Belinda Brown: [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

1. The successful candidate will have completed a Masters by research degree or an Honours degree (Australian H2A or H1, or equivalent)
2. Experience in a relevant discipline (e.g. Psychology, Exercise Science, or Neuroscience).
3. Well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary and collegial team.
4. Demonstrate high levels of written and oral communication skills.

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