Meet the Study Team

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Chief Investigators

Associate Investigators

Research Team

Chief Investigators

Professor Brian Draper, Assistant Director of the Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry at Prince of Wales Hospital; Conjoint Professor in the School of Psychiatry, UNSW.

Dr. Adrienne Withall, Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health and Community Medicine UNSW Australia

Professor Robert Cumming, Professor of Epidemiology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Sydney

Dr. Clement Loy, Neurologist and senior lecturer at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney;  Director of the Huntington Disease Service at Westmead Hospital.

Associate Professor Julian Trollor, Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health and Associate Professor, UNSW; Senior Staff Specialist at the Neuropsychiatric Institute.

Associate Professor Susan Quine, Preventive and Social Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.

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Associate Investigators

Professor Bruce Brew, Director of Neurology at St Vincent’s Hospital; Professor of Medicine, UNSW; Head of Neurology and Program Director (Medicine), St. Vincent's Hospital

Professor Henry Brodaty, Director of Aged Care Psychiatry/Memory Clinic at the Prince of Wales Hospital; Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre; Scientia Professor of Aged Care Mental Health, UNSW; Director, Aged Care Psychiatry and Head of the Memory Disorders Clinic, Prince of Wales Hospital;  Co-Director, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing.

Dr. Apo Demirkol, Staff Specialist, the Langton Centre

Associate Professor Peter Gonski, geriatrician and Director of the Southcare Division of Aged Care and Rehabilitation, Sutherland Hospital and Community; Director of the former South Eastern Sydney and lllawarra Area Health Service's Aged, Chronic and Community Care stream; Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW; Senior Staff Specialist Geriatrician, Sutherland Hospital.

Professor John Hodges, Professor of Cognitive Neurology, UNSW; head of the Frontotemporal Dementia Research Group (FRONTIER), Neurosciences Research Australia.

Ms. Colleen McKinnon, Clinical Nurse Consultant for Dementia within the South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service.

Associate Professor James Oldham, Chief Psychiatrist Illawarra & Shoalhaven Local Health District; Associate Professor University of Wollongong Graduate School of Medicine.

Associate Professor Chris Poulos, Senior Staff Specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine and Area Director of Rehabilitation for the South Eastern Sydney lllawarra Area Health Service.

Professor Perminder Sachdev, Director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute, Prince of Wales Hospital; Scientia Professor of Neuropsychiatry at UNSW; Co-Director, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing.

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Research Team

image - Meet the Study Team

First row: Christine Metusela, Fiona White, Linda Nattrass. Back row: Adrienne Withall, Nicole Denham, Brian Draper

Monica Cations, PhD Candidate

Monica is a PhD Candidate based at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She is coordinator of the Risk Factors project, a subsidiary of the INSPIRED Study. Monica has a background in Psychology and was previously facilitating education and support groups for people with dementia. She began her PhD with the INSPIRED study in early 2014. 

Phone: 02 9385 2617


Fiona White, Research Assistant

Fiona was based at the University of New South Wales and conducts study interviews throughout NSW.  Fiona left the INSPIRED team in February 2015.

Nicole Denham, Study Coordinator

Nicole managed the INSPIRED Study operations from January 2012 until January 2014.

Christine Metusela PhD, Research Assistant

Based in Warilla, Christine recruited participants from and conducted study interviews primarily in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.   Christine left the INSPIRED Study team in 2013. 

Linda Nattrass, Administrative Assistant

Linda supports the day-to-day activities of the INSPIRED study team.  She left the INSPIRED team in 2013.

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