The Healthy Brain Ageing Program, led A/Professor Sharon Naismith and Professor Ian Hickie, builds on their research over the last decade which has shown the link between Modifiable risk factors which include vascular risk factors (e.g., high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol), lifestyle risks (e.g., exercise, diet, cognitive activity) as well as changes in mood and sleep, and changes in the brain. The program now focuses on whether early intervention programs targeting these risk factors are effective at reducing cognitive decline, depression and underlying brain changes that are associated with dementia.
Ashley's pre-trip thoughts
Internship: Brain & Mind Research Institute (University of Sydney)
Why are you participating in the Augustana in Australia program? I am participating in the program to gain research experience within my major (biology), to gain professional experience, and to add to my resume.
What value do you hope to add back to the internship site? I hope to create a positive image of the American culture through my own actions.
What do you hope to learn on your internship? I hope to learn more about the biology field, particularly neuroscience, through hands-on experience.
Where do you plan to travel during your term "down under"? I plan to travel to the Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand.
What do you anticipate to be the highlight of your experience "down under"? I anticipate that the experience through the internship and scuba diving will be the highlights.