Dr Nikki-Anne Wilson

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cognitive Health and Knowledge Translation

02 9399 1126


Nikki-Anne completed her PhD as part of the Frontier dementia research group at the Brain and Mind Centre, The University of Sydney.

Her research examined the breakdown of cognition in behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and how this relates to the social challenges associated with this form of dementia.

Nikki-Anne’s skills in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology align with her passion to improve clinical outcomes and quality of life for people with dementia.

A passionate science communicator and regular speaker at science outreach events, Nikki-Anne also enjoys participating in school mentoring programmes aiming to encourage students to develop their research skills and pursue science related careers.

  • Brain and Mind Centre award for Research Excellence and Impact (2020)
  • School of Psychology Publication Prize, The University of Sydney (2019)
  • Best Poster Presentation at the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference (2018)
  • Best DataBlitz presentation at the Sydney Postgraduate Psychology Conference

 

Projects Dr Nikki-Anne Wilson is currently involved with

CURRENT PROJECTS

Dementia – Experiences of family care givers

An Online Survey Exploring Protective Factors Against Stigma

What is this research about?

This online survey, led by Professor Kaarin Anstey, is aiming to help us better understand the experiences of family care givers of people with dementia. In particular, this research is looking into the impact of negative attitudes or disbeliefs – so called stigma.

Stigma can not only negatively impact the person with dementia directly, but also their family members, leading to significant negative impacts on health and well-being. Aiming to reduce the negative impact of stigma on family caregivers, this survey is exploring which factors can act as buffer against stigma.

The outcome of this study will help inform future interventions about these important protective factors against stigma and contribute to promote health and well-being for family caregivers of people with dementia.

What does participation involve?

The online survey is anonymous and will take approximately 30-35 minutes to complete. The survey will ask you questions about yourself (e.g. age, sex, and education), your caregiver role and experiences associated with it, your attitudes towards ageing and dementia knowledge, your emotions and reactions to challenges, and your social relationships.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to complete the online survey if you are:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Currently caring for a family member with a formal diagnosis of dementia
  • Have access to internet to complete the survey

If you would like to hear more about the study or receive the link to the online survey, please fill out the form below or contact us directly on stigma@neura.edu.au or 02 9399 1116.

 

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Dementia – Experiences of family care givers

NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration

The NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) was established in 2006 under the Australian Government’s Dementia Initiative.  DCRC projects are diverse and map onto the priorities of the NHMRC National Network for Dementia Research (NNIDR). A key focus is applied research on topics meaningful to people with dementia and their family carers.

There are three DCRC hubs located at UNSW, NeuRA and QUT, respectively. The three-hub framework aims to grow partnerships and strengthen ties with consumers and service providers, Dementia Training Australia and Dementia Support Australia in order to progress prevention, assessment, care and translation of knowledge into everyday practice, as well as building the next generation of dementia researchers.

The primary focus of the DCRC NeuRA hub is risk reduction and prevention including individual, community and population-based interventions targeting lifestyle risk factors for dementia.

The flagship project of the DCRC NeuRA hub is the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention (IRNDP). Founded in 2017, the IRNDP is a multinational network bringing together researchers who are working to reduce the risk of dementia across the world. For more information on the network, visit the IRNDP website, including news and updates, an evidence hub on cohort studies, an evidence synthesis on clinical trials, and information on how to join.

The DCRC is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health

The Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health focuses on the integrally linked areas of optimising cognitive health and the prevention of cognitive decline.

The centre aims to:

  • Build the evidence base in cognitive health promotion and prevention of cognitive decline, focussing on evaluating putative new risks and under researched areas
  • Develop methods of transferring, translating and implementing established findings, through the development and evaluation of interventions
  • Model population level impacts of cognitive impairment and risk modification to quantify potential economic benefits of risk reduction and to inform policy.

The CRE Cognitive Health led by Professor Kaarin Anstey is a collaboration between Chief and Associate Investigators from the Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, Australian Catholic University, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and University of Exeter.

For more information about the CRE Cognitive Health, please visit the centre website, including more information on research themes, news and events, and recent publications.

The CRE Cognitive Health is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health

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