Associate Investigators

Peter Schofield

Business Lead

Prof Schofield AO FAHMS PhD DSc is CEO of NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia) and a Professor of Medicine at UNSW. His research interests focus on genetics of brain function, neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and bipolar disorder. He is a site leader for the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network. He served as the Interim Director of the NNIDR in 2016-17.

Nicole Kochan

Nicole Kochan MClin Neuropsych, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist and senior research fellow at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney. Her research interests focus on developing and refining traditional and computerised neuropsychological assessment methods to enable earlier and more accurate detection of neurocognitive disorders in older adults, including those of CALD backgrounds. She has experience in large cohort studies of cognitive ageing and dementia, and is the Principal Investigator of the NHMRC-funded CogSCAN project, a cross-comparison study validating the use of computerised cognitive instruments in older adults with and without cognitive impairment.

Rob Grenfell

Dr Grenfell, a Public Health Physician, is the Director of CSIRO’s Health and Biosecurity Business Unit. Leading a broad portfolio covering Nutrition, eHealth, Medtech and Diagnostics and Biosecurity from weeds to Ebola. Rob has broad ranging public health experience including the National Medical Director at BUPA Australia New Zealand, National Director Cardiovascular Health at the Heart Foundation, Strategic Health Advisor to Parks Victoria, Senior Medical Advisor at the Department of Health Victoria, Physician in charge of travel health BHP and General Practice. He was a member of the Safety and Quality Outcomes Committee of the Hospital Innovation Reform Council, a member of the Victorian Quality Council, Chair of General Practice Victoria, and Member of the Health Advisory Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Lee-Fay Low

Lee-Fay Low (BSc Psych (Hons), PhD), is Associate Professor in Ageing and Health, NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Development Fellow, University of Sydney. She is a registered psychologist with a PhD in psychiatric epidemiology. A/Prof Low conducts research that she hopes will make a difference in the world. Her main areas of expertise are in home and residential care for older people, wellbeing in people with dementia, dementia risk factors for dementia, dementia literacy, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is particularly interested in developing and evaluating interventions to improve the quality of life of older people. She has methodological skills in population studies, systematic reviews, clustered randomised trials, instrument development and evaluation, and translation of research into practice. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, as well as two books on dementia. She is an active advocate in improving how older people are treated and cared for. Lee-Fay thinks that research is great fun, and even admits to liking statistics.

Susan Kurrle

Prof Kurrle is a geriatrician practising in northern Sydney and in southern NSW. She has had a longstanding interest in diagnosis and management of dementia. She holds the Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, where she has led the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre since 2012.

Elizabeth Beattie

Elizabeth Beattie PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, Professor of Aged and Dementia Care, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, is a psychogeriatric nurse educated in Australia, the UK and the US who has been involved in dementia-focused clinical practice, education and research for 30 years. She is a Director of the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and Dementia Training Australia. Elizabeth has an international nursing leadership profile and a sustained record of competitive research funding and publication. Her research is focused on improving the quality of care and quality of life of people living with dementia and those who support them.

Ashley Bush

Prof Bush MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP, PhD, FAAHMS, FAPA is NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and the Director of the Melbourne Dementia Research Centre at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, University of Melbourne. He has experience in prospective cohorts for dementia biomarker and imaging development, as well as dementia clinical trials, that will be used to optimize the value of the ADNeT registries.

Maria Crotty

Prof Crotty is a Rehabilitation Physician and Clinical Academic at Flinders University. She is Director of Rehabilitation at Flinders Medical Centre and a Research Fellow at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. She leads a multidisciplinary research group who focus on how to implement best and promising care models and practices within health and aged care settings. She has undertaken many projects in residential aged care settings with people who have dementia. She has a research interest in non pharmacological approaches after dementia diagnosis.

Annette Dobson

Prof Dobson AM, FAHMS, BSc, MSc, PhD, Grad Cert Mngt, A Stat is Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Research in the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland. She has expertise running large scale, long duration, epidemiological studies in cardiovascular disease and women’s health, statistical methodology and modelling.

Leon Flicker

Leon Flicker is the inaugural Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Western Australia since 1998. He helped establish a research unit aimed at translational issues focusing on the health needs of older people, the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing. He has been interested in the risk factors, assessment and management of the common problems of older people. In 2017 he was honored with an Order of Australia for his contributions to geriatric medicine and dementia prevention and care.

Paul Maruff

Paul Maruff PhD is Chief Science Officer at CogState Ltd, Australia and Professor at Florey Institute for Neuroscience.

John McNeil

Prof McNeil MSc PhD FRACP is a physician/epidemiologist whose principal interest has been clinical quality registries and clinical trials. He is the co- Principal Investigator of the ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) study.

Peter Nestor

Prof Nestor is conjoint professor of cognitive neurology at the University of Queensland and the Mater Hospital. He trained in neurology in Melbourne and London in the 90s then worked for several years as a clinician-scientist at the University of Cambridge. From 2012 until returning to Australia in 2017, he was Professor of Cognitive Neurology at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Olivier Salvado

Prof Salvado MSEE, MBA, PhD, is the Head of Imaging and Computer Vision at CSIRO Data61 and Honorary Professor with QUT and UQ. He has been involved in several large clinical studies involving medical image setup and analysis (MRI and PET) and biostatistics, including the AIBL and PISA studies. Prof Salvado has active research interest in AI applications for precision medicine and is involved in several multidisciplinary image analysis projects.