ABOUT

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

A/Prof Genevieve Steiner is a cognitive neuroscientist and her research spans the early detection, prevention, and treatment of memory and thinking problems in older people with the aim of reducing dementia risk and improving quality of life.  The research that A/Prof Steiner and her team conducts examines changes in the brain’s function and structure to discover biomarkers for dementia and test novel therapeutics that can provide early intervention.

 


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

A/Prof 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.

Cannabidiol-rich extract for cognition in amnestic MCI is the world’s first clinical trial to test whether a medicinal cannabis formulation can improve memory in people with MCI.

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.

A/Prof Steiner is also involved in a number of other projects: the understanding of dementia prevention by Australian GPs, the effects of acupuncture on parasympathetic tone in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), the effects of acupuncture on brain function and descending pain pathways in women with endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain, developing a cohesive multidisciplinary framework for competencies in aged care, 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.