Cognitive Therapeutics Research Program

The Cognitive Therapeutics Research Program is headed by Associate Professor Kate Hoy. The group's research is focused on the development of novel biological treatments for cognitive impairment in both psychiatric and neurological illnesses. Information about our current research studies are provided below.

Current Treatment Trials:

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 email tms-enquiry@monash.edu

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 involve visiting our research center in Prahran daily (Monday to Friday) for two weeks. The visits will involve 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  

 

Current Investigative Studies:

The relationship between cortical activity and cognitive function after head injury

We are seeking volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55 to help us investigate the relationship between changes in brain activity and symptoms after a concussion. We are using a non-invasive type of brain stimulation to learn more about changes post-concussion and during recovery. Participation will involve visiting our research centre in Prahran for three research sessions.  The first session will occur within 1 month since your concussion and take approximately 3 hours. The following sessions will occur 3 and 6 months post-concussion and will take approximately 2 hours each. Together we will complete an interview, do some thinking tasks, take a recording of your brain waves and give you a short session of non-invasive brain stimulation. If you think this sounds interesting and would like to know more please contact Ms Hannah Coyle on 9076 8649 or hannah.coyle@monash.edu

Investigating the use of brain stimulation to enhance neural plasticity and cognitive performance in younger adults, and older adults with or without memory complaints

Participants are currently being sought for a research project investigating the ability to enhance cognitive performance and neural plasticity following brain stimulation in younger adults, older adults, and older adults with memory complaints. Individuals must be aged between 18 to 35 years OR 56 to 80 years, be right-handed, and have no current or previous psychiatric or neurological diagnoses. Participation will involve completing a series of cognitive tasks both before and after administration of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). tDCS is a safe, painless and non-invasive means of stimulating nerve cells in the brain. Changes in brain activity before and after tDCS will be measured through the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalography (EEG). Participants are required to attend our research centre in Prahran on two occasions (approx. 3 hours each), and will be provided compensation toward time and travel costs.  

If you are interested in participating or would like more information on the project, please contact Melanie Emonson on (03) 9076 9823 ormelanie.emonson@monash.edu.