New study seeking to understand risk of Alzheimer’s disease in middle-aged adults

The Healthy Brain Project – an Australian-first online study of psychological, lifestyle and genetic factors that increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease

The main purpose of this study is to track the cognitive, lifestyle and psychological markers of a large group of community-based middle-aged adults (40-65 years inclusive) over five years online, in relation to genetic risk factors that are shown to increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease dementia in older adults.

We are interested to determine whether we can detect extremely subtle signs of memory and thinking changes in individuals who have elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease dementia (e.g., have a family history of dementia and/or they have genetic signs of the disease).

Anticipated date enrolment will close: 2022

Who can take part

  • People aged between 40-65 (inclusive)
  • Have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Must be living in Australia (but do not need to be an Australian resident or citizen)
  • Willing and able to complete surveys and computerised memory tasks online
  • Willing and able to provide saliva sample

What is involved for you

Yearly online assessment of cognitive function, and surveys pertaining to psychological health, lifestyle, medical health and family history over 5 years. Saliva sampling kit will be mailed to participants.

Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3
Phase 4

For more information

Quote reference number
Lisa Bransby
0477 890 908
Yen Ying Lim
0433 873 222