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Matthew Pase, PhD
Boston University School of Medicine; Framingham Heart Study; Swinburne University of Technology
Areas of Interest:
aging, Alzheimer disease, dementia, vascular cognitive impairment, vascular brain injury, hypertension, risk factors, neuropsychology, cognition, diet
Biography & Research:
I am a currently a Sidney Sax (National Health and Medical Research Council; NHMRC) Early Career Research Fellow working across Swinburne University (Centre for Human Psychopharmacology) and Boston University School of Medicine (Department of Neurology). I am also an investigator on the Framingham Heart Study and a Fellow of the International Society for Hypertension. I obtained my PhD in 2014 as a Sir Robert Menzies Allied Health Scholar before undertaking post-doctoral training in the USA. The primary aim of my research is to understand the causes of cognitive impairment and dementia, with a focus on clinical biomarkers and lifestyle factors. My research has helped elucidate the role of arterial ageing in the development of cerebrovascular disease and cognitive decline and has documented the important role of vascular health in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. I am also interested in lifestyle and dietary based strategies to lower dementia burden. To this end, I am currently an investigator on many randomized controlled trials. I have received numerous grants and awards and I am currently CIA on grants investigating vascular contributions to dementia (NHMRC) and cognitive deficits following stroke (Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation). My current research in the Framingham Heart Study is on neuroepidemiology, with a focus on understanding modifiable risk factors for dementia.