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Healthy Brain Ageing Program

Supporting healthy ageing and reducing the risk of dementia via lifestyle approaches
Tackling one of our biggest health challenges

More than 400,000 Australians live with dementia. With no known cure, we need to better understand the underlying mechanisms driving age-related cognitive decline and dementia.

Lifestyle a critical factor

We know that 30-50% of the risk for developing dementia can be attributed to our lifestyle choices. Using cutting-edge neuroscience techniques, like MRI and EEG, we can now better understand the potential benefit of lifestyle and other factors on brain health.

Research to reduce risk and change lives

We use the latest neurobiological research to:

  1. investigate what happens in the brain during ageing to support people to maximise brain health, and
  2. support people to reduce their risk through lifestyle and behaviour change support.

We seek to reduce the risk of people developing dementia and find new ways to slow the progression of neurodegenerative disease.

Research studies

Photo-biomodulation therapy pilot study

We're exploring PBMT, a non-invasive modality which uses either visible red or near infrared light to stimulate, heal, and repair damaged or dying tissue cells.

Recruiting now

Psychology of habits for healthy brain ageing

We're investigating factors that impact how we form habits and our flexibility with them, to better understand how to maximise healthy brain ageing.

Recruiting now

Neuroscience of habits for healthy ageing

We're investigating how people form, then change, a new habit and which brain regions are involved, to support healthy ageing.

Recruiting now

About us

The Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic research group addresses a previous gap in healthy brain ageing research. We combine cutting-edge cognitive neuroscience with psychology and lifestyle, to gain a more full picture of dementia risk. The team works with the community to maximise healthy ageing and reduce the impacts of dementia on people and families.

Contact the Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic by phone +61 7 5430 1133 or email

Our research team

Dr Sophie Andrews

Senior Research Fellow – ARC DECRA Fellow; Lead – Healthy Brain Ageing Research Program, Thompson Institute

Tom Pace
Dr Thomas Pace

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Healthy Brain Ageing

Ciara Treacy
Ciara Treacy

Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic

Dr Jacob Levenstein
Dr Jacob Levenstein

Research Fellow - Neuroimaging