Poor sleep and cognitive decline in at-risk dementia





1. Please provide a brief description of the project for which the funds will be used.

Sleep is important for learning and memory processes and disrupted sleep may underlie changes in cognitive functions that occur with older age including memory impairment. High-density electroencephalography (EEG) is a non-invasive technique that uses a cap worn on the head to record detailed brain activity during sleep and wakefulness from 256 electrode sites. The purpose of this study is to examine brain waves during sleep and to understand the impact of altered sleep neurophysiology on cognition in older people who are at-risk of dementia.

This scholarship application is to request support for a short-term 1 month training visit to the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behaviour at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) School of Medicine with Professor Ruth Benca, an internationally recognised sleep medicine expert. The aims of the training visit are to build the collaborative relationship with Prof Benca and her faculty, learn and transfer skills and harmonise sleep research projects in older people at risk of dementia between Sydney and UC Irvine (starting with my project detailed in this proposal).



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