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Childhood determinants of midlife brain health

A number of studies have linked mid- and late-life vascular risk factors to poorer cognitive function. However, little is known about childhood risk factors (or change in these factors) that might be associated with subsequent cognition at midlife. Aims: To examine if childhood fitness is associated with midlife cognitive function To examine if cardiometabolic factors in childhood are associated with midlife cognitive function To examine if menstrual, reproductive or sex hormone levels are associated with midlife cognitive function Data from the Australian Health and Fitness Survey (AHFS 1985) and the Childhood Determinants of Health (CDAH) study will be used for this project. AHFS participants were aged between 7-15 years (n=8,498) and by CDAH-3 they were aged 36-46 years (n=1281 with cognitive data). Determination of vascular risk factor effects in the earlier stages of life could inform the design of more targeted and effective interventions for healthy cognitive aging.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
brain health, cognition, childhood, midlife, cardiometabolic, vascular health
Central Clinical School » Medicine - Peninsula
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Time commitment 
Top-up scholarship funding available 
Physical location 
Peninsula Health
Taya Collyer
Assoc Prof 
Seana Gall

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