Dr Bill Brooks


Senior Research Officer Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Prince of Wales Clinical School, UNSW
Honorary Visiting Medical Officer, Cognitive Disorders Clinic, Prince of Wales Hospital

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Dr Bill Brooks graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney in 1978. Since 1988 he has been studying families with the inherited forms of Alzheimer’s disease and similar conditions including familial frontotemporal dementia, initially at Concord Hospital and the University of Sydney. He moved to the NeuRA campus in 2002. His work involves collaboration with the Schofield and Kwok groups for genetic studies and the Halliday group for neuropathological research, as well as the Frontier group for frontotemporal dementia research. Bill is currently working on the DIAN study (Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network), an international study of familial Alzheimer’s disease funded by the US National Institute on Ageing.

Projects Dr Bill Brooks is currently involved with


The Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) study

The DIAN study aims to find biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease that are detectable long before the initial clinical symptoms. Participants undergo brain scans and clinical assessments and provide blood and spinal fluid for research.


The Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) study

Genetics of early onset Alzheimer’s disease

Dementia is usually thought of as a disease of ageing. However, the burden of young onset dementia, with symptoms occurring before age 65, has recently been identified as an important area not well supported by the health care system. Dr Bill Brooks has continued his development of information and support systems for use by families that have early onset hereditary dementias.


Genetics of early onset Alzheimer’s disease


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