- mild cognitive impairment
- My-AHA (My Active and Healthy Ageing)
Associate Professor Mathew Summers, a member of the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute (SCMN-TI), is an AHPRA registered and endorsed Clinical Neuropsychologist and member of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists.
Mathew leads the Aging and Dementia research centre within the SCMN-TI; a core area of need for the Sunshine Coast community. The Aging and Dementia research centre led by Mathew encompasses four key themes for research activity and engagement with the Sunshine Coast community, and as of July 2017 has attracted in excess of $8.2 million in research funding and has led to 37 publications:
- Diagnosis – Two prospective longitudinal cohort studies resulted in diagnosis of preclinical dementia more than 2 years prior to dementia onsent with >84% accuracy. This research is currently being expanded at the SCMN-TI to incoporate biomarker methods to further increase diagnostic accuracy of preclinical stages of dementia,
- Prevention – evidence based studies of enhancement of function in healthy older adults to prevent prevent age-related cognitive decline (ARCD) and dementia. Mathew is co-project leader of the NHMRC funded Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project, a world-first prospective longitudinal project examining the potential of late life education to prevent ARCD and dementia. In addition, he is leading research investigating the link between cardiovascular diseases and dementia to reduce dementia risk.
- Intervention – evidence based studies of non-pharmacological methods to treat dementia and pre-clinical dementia syndromes. Mathew is Lead and Principal Investigator of an NHMRC and EU HORIZON2020 funded multinational collaborative project to detect and treat pre-frailty conditions in community residing older adults (my-AHA project). This project will ICT based systems to identify and treat frailty in community residing older adults to reduce need for residential care facilities. He also leads a research project examining the potential of non-pharmacological interventions (mindfulness and computer-based cognitive training) to enhance core cognitive functions in older adults. The results of this study will lead to future clinical trials in patients with mild cognitive impairment and early stage dementia.
- Quality of Life (QoL) – evidence based examination of methods to enhance the quality of life of dementia sufferers in secure aged-care facilities. Emerging research collaborations with local aged care providers have been developed to research the effect of facility design and environment factors on quality of life and quality of care of residents in secure dementia care facilities.
Follow Mathew at these other sites:
- Registered Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychology endorsed (Psychology Board of Australia)
- Member of the Australian Psychological Society
- Member of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
- Member of the International Neuropsychological Society
- Member of the American Psychological Association
- Member of the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment (ISTAART)
- Member of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Translational Research Faculty
Selected Recent Publications
Summers, M.J., Thow, M.E., Ward, D.D., Saunders, N.L., Klekociuk, S.Z., Imlach, A-R., Summers, J.J., & Vickers, J.C. (2017). Validation of a dynamic measure of current cognitive reserve in a longitudinally assessed sample of healthy older adults: The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project. Assessment, advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1073191116685806.
Isbel, B., & Summers, M.J. (2017). Distinguishing the cognitive processes of mindfulness: Developing a standardised mindfulness technique for use in longitudinal randomised control trials. Consciousness and Cognition, 52, 75-92. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2017.04.019
Thow, M.E., Summers, M.J., Summers, J.J., Saunders, N.L., & Vickers, J.C. (2017). Variations in the APOE allele or BDNF Val66Met polymorphism are not associated with changes in cognitive function following a tertiary education intervention in older adults: The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project. Neurobiology of Aging, 55, 175-176. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.03.028.
Lenehan, M.E., Summers, M.J., Saunders, N.L., Summers, J.J., Ward, D.D., Ritchie, K., & Vickers, J.C. (2016). Sending your Grandparents to university increases cognitive reserve: The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project. Neuropsychology, 30(5), 525-531. doi:10.1037/neu000249, PubMed 26569028
Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students
- Influence of exercise on cognitive function
- Neuropsychological aspects of dementia and preclinical stages of dementia
- Healthy aging – cognitive and neuropsychological aspects
|Grant/Project name||Investigators||Funding body||Year(s)||Focus|
|my-AHA: My active and healthy aging||Summers, M.J. & Smith, S.||NHMRC-European Union Project Grant (APP1115818) (A$496,081.20)||2016–2019||Early risk detection and intervention for age-related frailty|
|The Tasmanian Health Brain Project: A longitudinal intervention study to reduce the risk of ageing-related cognitive decline and dementia||Vickers, J.C, Summers, M.J., Valenzuela, M.J., Summers, J.J., King, A., Robinson, A., & Srikanth, V.||NHMRC Project Grant (APP1108794) (A$878,790.50)||2016–2020||A longitudinal intervention study to reduce the risk of ageing-related cognitive decline and dementia|
|My active and healthy ageing (HORIZON2020-PHC-21-2015: Advancing active and healthy ageing with ICT: Early risk detection and intervention)||Vercelli, A., Rainero, I., Rocca, P., Isaia, G. ... Summers, M.J. & Smith, S.||European Commission Research Consortium grant (A$6,890,572)||2016–2020||ICT-based intervention for frailty|
|Assessing cognitive impairment in cardiovascular patients: Predictive assessment of dementia related microvascular brain disease||Summers, M.J., Greaves, K., & Klekociuk, S.Z.||Wishlist Sunshine Coast Health Foundation (A$19,668)||2015–2017||Cognitive screening of cardiovascular patients|
|The Healthy Brain Project: A prospective cohort study to examine how later-life university education may affect the trajectory of ageing-related cognitive decline||Vickers, J., Summers, M.J., Valenzuela, M., Summers, J.J., Ritchie, K., & Robinson, A||NHMRC Project Grant (APP1003645) (A$1,031,442)||2011–2016|
|A phase 1b, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, parallel group study of the safety, tolerability, preliminary efficacy and pharmacodynamics of BTD-001 in young adults and adolescents with Down Syndrome||Summers, M.J. & Strong, J.||Research Consultancy, Novotech (Australia Pty Ltd) (A$90,120)||2013|
|Evaluation of a multidimensional cognitive enhancement training program for healthy older adults||Summers, J.J., Elder, S.J., Summers, M.J., & Vickers, J.C.||ARC Linkage Grant (LP0991044) (A$327,583)||2009–2011|
|The role of the ApoE gene in cognitive performance following traumatic brain injury||
|Cradle Coast Cross Boundary Research Fund $2,460||2010|
|Neuromotor and neuropsychological assessment of staff in Groote Eylandt: Phase II||Summers, J.J., Hannan, G.J. & Summers, M.J.||Research Consultancy, Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO) ($68,692)||2008|
|Study of Tasmanian Outcomes in Intensive Care (STOIC – Pilot Study) amd (STOIC-2) 24 month follow up||Marsden, K., Summers, M.J., Turner, A., Bell, T., & Beswick, A.||Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation Grant (06-346S/08-369) (A$13,773)||2008|
|Summers, J.J., Hannan, G.J., Summers, M.J., & McLean, S.R.||ARC Linkage Grant (LP0455174) (A$185,301)||2004–2007|
|Neural correlates of performance trade-offs and interference in dual-task performance||Summers, J.J., Martin, F., Temprado, J.J., & Summers, M.J.||ARC Discovery Grant (DP0451217) (A$200,000)||2004–2007|
|Neuromotor and neuropsychological assessment of staff in Groote Eylandt||Summers, J.J., Hannan, G.J., & Summers, M.J.||Research Consultancy, Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO) (A$68,750)||2006|
|A study of Tasmanian Outcomes in Intensive Care (STOIC) pilot Study||Marsden, K., Turner, A., Summers, M.J., Bell, T., Beswick, A., & Trubody, V.||Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation Grant (06-346S/08-369) (A$15,000)||2006|
|Event-related potentials (ERP) as a diagnostic tool of attention dysfunction in closed head injury||Summers, M.J. & Martin, F.||MAIB Injury Prevention and Management Foundation research grant (A$130,007)||2003–2006|
|Effects of resistance exercise in a gym on physiological and cognitive functioning in older adults||Skilbeck, C.E., Ball, M.J., Williams, A., Martin, F., Summers, J.J., & Summers, M.J.||University of Tasmania Institutional Research Grant Scheme (A$17,000)||2004|
|The long-term effects of low exposures to manganese dust and fume on neuromuscular and psychological functioning: A longitudinal approach||Summers, J.J, Hannan, G.J. & Summers, M.J.||Research Consultancy, Tasmanian Electrometallurgical Company (TEMCO) (A$36,364)||2004|
|Inattentional blindness: The effects of frontal lobe damage||Summers, M.J.||MAIB Injury Prevention and Management Foundation (A$9,856)||2002|
|Portable ERP machine purchase||Summers, M.J. & Martin, F.||UTAS Faculty of Science & Engineering Major Equipment Grant (A$83,250)||2002|