ABOUT

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Dr Genevieve Steiner is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University.

Dr Genevieve Steiner is a cognitive neuroscientist and her research spans the early detection, prevention, and treatment of cognitive decline in older age, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia.  The aim of Dr Steiner’s research is to improve the health outcomes of older adults at risk of cognitive decline.  Dr Steiner uses neuroimaging and physiological research methods to explore the brain’s function and structure to discover biomarkers and test new treatment strategies that are safe, feasible, and can be implemented early.


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) with Examiners’ Commendation for Outstanding Thesis, University of Wollongong, 2015
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours I), University of Wollongong, 2010
RESEARCH GOALS
  • Increase understanding of the biological bases of learning and memory processes in order to improve diagnosis and treatment for people experiencing cognitive difficulties in these domains
  • Identify natural treatments for modifiable risk factors for cognitive impairment
RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Neurogenetics
  • Psychophysiology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Learning & Memory
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • e-Learning Curriculum Design

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Dr Steiner is currently working on several research projects:

A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled 12 week trial of Sailuotong (SLT) for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is examining whether SLT, a standardised herbal medicine formula, can enhance memory and thinking in people with MCI.

Behind the Brainwaves is a multi-modal biomarker study aimed at identifying inexpensive and noninvasive electrophysiological and neuroimaging biomarkers of early Alzheimer’s disease.

Revolutionising Dementia Care in South Western Sydney: Establishing the Healthy Brain Hub Multidisciplinary Memory Clinic is large project overseeing the development, pilot, feasibility assessment, and evaluation of a region-first multidisciplinary memory clinic.

A pilot clinical trial of the efficacy and safety of Cognition Support Formulation (BioCeuticals) on cognitive function in older adults with subjective cognitive complaints is testing whether 6 months supplementation (cf. placebo) of Cognition Support Formula can improve cognition and the brain activity in seniors experiencing cognitive difficulties.

Genetic determinants of EEG activity and the relationship with cognitive function is a series of genetic association studies exploring the effects of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on resting state EEG activity in young adults, and the effects on cognition.

Towards a new age in South Western Sydney: A white paper on a cohesive strategy for community-based aged care services in the local region is a project run in partnership with South Western Sydney Primary Health Network and Western Sydney University seeking to identify gaps in local aged care services from GPs, community health care workers, and community elders to inform future policy.

Targeted Education ApproaCH to improve Peritoneal Dialysis outcomes (TEACH-PD Trial) is a multi-disciplinary project involving the creation, delivery, and evaluation of a standardised curriculum for nurses on how to train patients to perform their own home dialysis (train the trainer).  Dr Steiner is providing eLearning expertise on this project and overseeing the online delivery of this content.

Dr Steiner is also involved in a number of other projects: an evaluation of the usability of a physical activity intervention website, increasing breast screening participation among obese women and women with type 2 diabetes in Western Sydney, the role of citizen science in science communication, complementary medicine use by Australians with dementia, and the effect of timing manipulations on autonomic and central nervous system responding to simple stimuli.