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Associate Professor Kate Hoy
Can you help? The Cognitive Therapeutics Group is looking for participants for the following Clinical Trials:
1. A new non-medication approach to improving cognition symptoms in people with schizophrenia.
We are seeking volunteers between 18 and 55 years of age with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder to help us investigate the influence of gentle brain stimulation on attention, memory and problem solving. We are testing whether gentle electrical stimulation can improve these skills in patients with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Participation will involve visiting our research centre in Prahran for five research sessions, each one taking between approximately two and three hours. You will be compensated for your time and travel costs. If you think this sounds interesting and would like to know more please contact Kirsten Gainsford on 9076 6952 or Kirsten.Gainsford@monash.edu
2. Investigating the use of brain stimulation to treat the cognitive symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer's
We are seeking volunteers between 50 and 95 years of age with a diagonsis of mild to moderate Alzheimer's. We are investigating whether a form of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can improve the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's. Participation will involve visiting our research centre in Prahran for an initiial interview (2-3 hours), 21 treatments over a 6 week period (each lasting approximately 30 mintues), and two follow up interviews (2-3 hours each). Participants will be provided compensation toward your travel and time costs. If you think this sounds interesting and would like to know more please contact Caitlyn Rogers on 9076 9864 or Caitlyn.Rogers@monash.edu
3. Examining the effects of brain stimulation on cognitive aging in healthy older adults between the ages of 65 and 80 years.
We are seeking healthy volunteers between 65 and 80 years of age. We are testing whether gentle electrical stimulation, i.e. transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, can improve cognition in healthy older adults. Participation will invovle visiting our research centre in Prahran daily (Monday to Friday) for two weeks. The visits will invovle an initial interview (2-3 hours), 16 stimulation sessions over 8 days (each visit including 2 stimulation sessions and lasting approximately 1 hour in total), and two follow up interviews (2-3 hours each). You will be provided compensation toward your travel and time costs. If you think this sounds interesting and would like to know more please contact Kirsten Gainsford on 9076 6952 or Kirsten.Gainsford@monash.edu
Associate Professor Kate Hoy
Head, Cognitive Therapeutics Group
BBNSc (Hons), DPsych (Clin Neuro)
A/Prof Kate Hoy is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Clinical Neuropsychologist at MAPrc where she leads the Cognitive Therapeutics Group.
Kate’s research is focused on the development of novel biological treatments for cognitive impairment in both psychiatric and neurological illnesses. Specifically, her group investigates the effects of brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS), transcranial Random Noise Stimulation (tRNS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Theta-Burst Stimulation (TBS) and Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST).
She is currently conducting clinical trials aimed at improving cognition in patiens with schizophrenia and Alzheimer's, as well as in healthy older adults. Kate's team is also conducting research looking at cognitive impairment in head injury and mild cognitive impairment, as well as investigating ways in which to optimise efficacy of prefrontal brain stimulation techniques.
Kate has worked in brain stimulation research for more than 13 years, has published over 70 scientific articles and 2 book chapters, and received over 2.7 million dollars competitive funding. In 2014 she was awarded the NHMRC Excellence Award for the top ranked Career Development Fellowship - Biomedical Level 1.
Kate is currently a member of the Faculty of Medicine Research Committee, a past member of the Monash ECR network, was the inaugral ECR representative on the Monash Research Committee, and is a former Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum, an advocacy group for early to mid-career researchers. She is also currently a mentor in the Global STEM Alliance 1000 girls, 1000 futures program. Kate also initiated, and maintains, the women in brainstim database site aimed at addressing the extreme gender imbalances at international brain stimulation conferences. Go to womeninbrainstim.com to find out more and register.
Kate is passionate about communicating science to the public, not only her own research, but the importance and impact of science in general. She gives regular talks on her research to a range of audiences, she is active on twitter, has published articles in consumer targeted magazines (i.e. Link Disability Magazine, Australian Quarterly) and on the conversation website, and has been interviewed in the media on a number of occaisions. Kate was awarded a 2013 Victorian Tall Poppy Science Award in recognition of both her research excellence and commitment to science communication.
For a list of current projects see the Cognitive Therapeutics Research Group current research page.
If you would like to find out more about Kate’s research, please contact email@example.com
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Cognitive Therapeutics Group
Research Staff: Ms Hannah Coyle (Research Assistant)
Ms Kirsten Gainsford (Research Assistant)
Ms Caitlyn Rogers (Research Assistant)
Current Students: Mr Aron Hill (PhD, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Ms Hannah Coyle (PhD, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Ms Melanie Emonson (DPsych, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Ms Karyn Richardson (DPsych, Monash University, Co-Main Supervisor)
Dr Ingrid Butterfield (PhD, Monash University)
Mr Rod Anderson (PhD, Monash University)
Mr SungWook Chung (PhD, Monash University)
Mr Oscar Murphy (DPsych, Monash University)
Ms Kirstyn Windsor (DPsych, Deakin University)
Alumni: Dr Neil Bailey (Post-Doctoral Researcher, Former PhD Student)
Ms Sara Arnold (Research Assistant)
Dr Christina Furtado (DPsych, Monash University)
Dr Sophie Anderson (Hons and DPsych, Monash University)
Ms Marie Claire Davis (Masters, Melbourne University)
Ms Melaine Emonson (Hons, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Ms Florence Teo (Hons, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Mr Paul Mulquinney (Hons, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Mr Macro Michael (BMedSci, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Dr Alex Lowe (Visiting international Medical Student, Homerton University Hospital)
Mr Joshua John (Visiting international PhD student, University of South Carolina)
Mr Dean Whitty (BMedSci, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Ms Laura Blair-West (BMedSci, Monash University)
Ms Katernia Mei Ruu Lau (Honours, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Mr Nikolay Kozlov (Honours, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Ms Bridgette Pianta (Honours, Monash University)
Selected Recent Publications
Hoy KE, Bailey NW, Michael M, Fitzgibbon, B, Rogasch, N, Sakei T, Fitzgerald PB. Enhancement of working memory and task related oscillatory activity following intermittent Theta Burst Stimulation in healthy controls. Cerebral Cortex . In Press, 2015.
Hill A, Rogasch NC, Fitzgerald PB, Hoy K. Beyond the motor cortex: Examining the effects of tDCS with TMS-EEG. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, In Press 2016.
Hoy KE, Fitzgerald PB. From bench to clinic to community: The far reaching implications of basic research. [Letter to the Editor]. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences In Press, 2015.
Hill A, Fitzgerald PB, Hoy KE. Effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation on working and recognition memory: a systematic review and meta-analysis of findings from healthy and neuropsychiatric population. Brain Stimulation In Press, 2015
Hoy KE, Bailey NW, Arnold SL, Fitzgerald PB. The effect of tDCS on gamma activity and working memory in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research In Press, 2015.
Hoy KE, Bailey NW, Arnold SL, John J, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. The effect of γ-tACS on working memory performance in healthy controls. Brain and Cognition, In Press, 2015
Hoy KE, Arnold S, Emonson M, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. An investigation into effects of tDCS dose on cognitive performance over time in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 155, 96–100; 2014.
Hoy KE, Emonson M, Arnold S, Thomson R, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. Testing the Limits: Investigating the effect of tDCS dose on working memory enhancement in healthy controls. Neuropsychologia, 51; 1777-1784, 2013
Hoy KE, Fitzgerald PB. Brain stimulation in psychiatry and its effects on cognition. Nature Reviews Neurology. 6, 267–275, 2010.
Hoy KE, Thomson RH, Cherk M, Yap KSK, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. Effect of magnetic seizure therapy on regional brain glucose metabolism in major depression. Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging, 211(2); 169-175, 2013.
Hoy KE, Segrave RA, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. Investigating the relationship between cognitive change and antidepressant response following rTMS: A large scale retrospective study. Brain Stimulation 5(4): 539-4, 2012.
Hoy KE, Fitzgerald PB. Magnetic Seizure Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression. Expert Review of Medical Devices. 8(6):723-32., 2011
Hoy KE, Enticott PG, Daskalakis Z, Fitzgerald PB. Can a behavioural intervention enhance the effect of rTMS on mood? Brain Stimulation. 4; 84-89, 2011
Hoy KE, Fitzgerald PB. Introducing Magnetic Seizure Therapy: A novel therapy for treatment resistant depression. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 44; 591-598, 2010.