Dr Ben Isbel is the program coordinator for the Healthy Brain Ageing (HBA) Clinic at the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute. The HBA Clinic investigates the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions involving exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, and sleep hygiene to reduce modifiable risk factors for dementia. The clinic offers comprehensive neurological assessments for people with new onset cognitive difficulties, as well as targeted interventions aimed at improving cognition and memory.
Through the use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electroencephalographic (EEG) techniques combined with neuropsychological assessments, the HBA Clinic aims to identify key biomarkers of cognitive impairment and develop interventions capable of reducing the risk of progression toward dementia in those at risk of cognitive decline.
Ben completed a PhD examining the ability of mindfulness to enhance attention, mood, and cognition in normal ageing using EEG techniques to study brain changes following mindfulness training. Ben has extensive expertise in the implementation of mindfulness and meditation techniques, and has developed a comprehensive cognitive model of mindfulness together with a standardised mindfulness technique for use in scientific studies.
Prior to joining the Thompson Institute, Ben worked extensively as a medical scientist in both research and diagnostic pathology laboratories, where his fields of expertise included haematology, biochemistry, immunoserology, and microbiology.
- Australian Psychological Society (APS)