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Professor Sharon Naismith

Professor, Neuropsychologist

Professor Sharon Naismith is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Dementia Leadership Fellow and holds the Leonard P Ullman Chair in Psychology at the University of Sydney. Her work focuses on the mechanisms by which modifiable risk factors for dementia including depression, sleep disturbance, and cardiovascular disease impact on the brain and how best to treat them. She has co-authored more than 300 papers and has made new discoveries regarding key brain changes that underpin sleep disturbance and depression in older people. She leads the NHMRC ‘Centre of Research Excellence to Optimise Sleep in Brain Ageing and Neurodegeneration (CogSleep)’ and the Australian Dementia Network Memory Clinics Initiative.