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Associate Professor Simon Laws

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5128, Mobile: 0408 789 680, Email: s.laws@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.507
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5128
Mobile: 0408 789 680
Email: s.laws@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.507  

 

Simon is an Associate Professor in the School of Medical and Health Sciences where he leads the Collaborative Genomics Group. Simon is also currently the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Mental Health.

Background

  • Nov 2011 – present: Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
  • Nov 2011 – present: Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Mental Health www.mentalhealthcrc.com.au
  • April 2009 – Nov 2011: Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia        
  • Nov 2007 – Mar 2009: Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Neurogenetics Laboratory, Technische Universität München, Germany     
  • Jan 2005 – Oct 2007: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Neurogenetics Laboratory, Technische Universität München, Germany       
  • Mar 2004 – Dec 2004: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Perth, Australia     
  • Jul 2003 – Mar 2004: Research Associate, Alzhyme Pty Ltd, Perth, Australia                                                                                                                                                              

Professional Associations

  • 2014 – present: Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS)
  • 2013 – present: Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART) – including membership of the Blood-based Biomarker Professional Interest Area (PIA)
  • 2012 – present: Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • 2011 – present: Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)

Research Areas and Interests

Associate Professor Laws currently leads The Collaborative Genomics Group, within the Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Care part of ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences. His research primarily focuses on understanding the genetic and epigenetic architecture of Alzheimer’s Disease and related phenotypes, such as changes in memory performance and pathognomonic features. His group utilizes an integrative “omic” approach to Alzheimer’s Disease research through combining genetic, epigenetic and comprehensive longitudinal phenotype data. With the following primary research foci:

Understanding the Genomic Architecture of Rates of Change in AD-related Phenotypes

  • Develop genetic/epigenetic risk profiles for rates of change
  • Determine if peripheral methylation patterns track with AD phenotypes

The interaction of genomics and modifiable lifestyle factors and the impact on rates of change in AD-related phenotypes

  • Understanding the genetic basis of differential effects of lifestyle patterns/choices
  • Determine the impact of positive lifestyle choices on peripheral methylation patterns

Associate Professor Laws also undertakes broader genetic and epigenetic collaborative research with scientists in the Australian research community.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2003.
  • Bachelor of Science (Medical Science), Curtin University of Technology, 1999.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Investigating changes in DNA Methylation age in Alzheimer’s disease ,  Australian Alzheimer's Research Foundation,  Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2019 - 2022,  $35,000.
  • BRAIN-MEND: Biological Resource Analysis to Identify new mechanisms and phenotypes in Neurodegenerative Diseases,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme,  2018 - 2022,  $58,362.
  • Genetic and lifestyle susceptibility and resilience factors affecting rates of change in preclinical Alzheimer's Disease,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2019 - 2021,  $940,788.
  • Develop a systematic profiling of neurological conditions that will facilitate personalised treatment and streamline service delivery,  Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia,  MS WA - Research funding for social and applied research,  2019 - 2020,  $600,000.
  • Investigating association between AiM variants of interest and Alzheimer phenotypes of clinical or scientific interest via targeted PheWAS using human data,  Eisai Inc,  Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $167,598.
  • Assessing the functional implication of genetic and epigenetic risk and resilience factors in Alzheimer's Disease,  Australian Alzheimer's Research Foundation,  Australian Alzheimer's Research Foundation - Sponsorship,  2019 - 2020,  $148,752.
  • Genetic Linkages to mTOR pathway dysregulation and development of Alzheimers Disease,  CRC For Mental Health,  WES Study,  2015 - 2019,  $524,000.
  • 4.1 Biomarkers for Early Diagnosis of AD and PD,  CRC For Mental Health,  CRC Grant,  2011 - 2018,  $7,524,765.
  • Biomarkers and Early Intervention for Neurodegeneration,  CRC For Mental Health,  CRC Grant,  2012 - 2018,  $674,185.
  • Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund 2016 (Round 20),  Department of Health WA,  Medical and Health Research Infrastructure,  2017 - 2018,  $18,077.
  • The effect of high-intensity exercise on Alzheimer’s disease-related gene expression,  Brain Foundation,  Research Gifts Program,  2017,  $39,875.
  • Development and refinement of methods for early and specific diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, quantification of rates of change in the pathological processes and determination of the resultant effects on cognition.,  Fil Foundation,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $417,506.
  • Impact of genetics on the effect that modifiable lifestyle factors have on rates of change in Alzheimers Disease,  Equity Trustees Limited,  Mason Foundation National Medical Program (funded by the J. J. Mason & H.S. Williams Memorial Foundation),  2016 - 2017,  $55,370.
  • CRC for Mental Health - Neurogenerative disease: Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) study ,  CRC For Mental Health,  GWAS Study,  2014 - 2016,  $395,000.
  • In vitro functional analysis of Alzheimer’s disease associated genetic variants,  Department of Health WA,  Near Miss Merit Awards,  2015 - 2016,  $75,000.
  • Validation of genetic variants and their functional implications in Alzheimers Disease,  ANZ Executors and Trustee Company Limited,  Judith Jane Mason and Harold Stannett Williams Memorial Foundation - National Medical & Scientific Grants,  2014 - 2015,  $40,000.
  • Western Australian Zebrafish Facility,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2014,  $682,000.
  • Discovery and Validation of Alzheimer's disease biomarkers in human plasma,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2011 - 2014,  $352,524.
  • Neon Transfection System and Biomedical Research Grade -30oC Freezer for Alzheimer’s and Melanoma Research,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Equipment Grant 2011,  2011 - 2012,  $10,927.
  • AIBL: Imaging and genetic study add-ons (ECU project: Genomic Studies - Candidate Gene Validation Stream),  Confidential,  Confidential,  2011 - 2012,  $95,238.
  • NEW INDEPENDENT RESEARCHER INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT (NIRIS) AWARDS 2011,  Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Council WA,  New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS),  2011 - 2012,  $10,000.
  • Molecular & neuropsychological predictive markers of cognitive decline,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Grant,  2005 - 2007,  $423,750.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Masters, C., Gu, B., Laws, S., Lim, YY., Roberts, B., Villemagne, VL., Beyreuther, K., (2018), Alzheimer's disease: Toward a quantitative biological approach in describing its natural history and underlying mechanisms. The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases: Underlying Mechanisms, 57-74, Oxford, United Kingdom, Academic Press.

Journal Articles

  • Brown, B., Castalanelli, N., Rainey-Smith, S., Doecke, J., Weinborn, M., Sohrabi, H., Laws, S., Martins, R., Peiffer, J., (2019), Influence of BDNF Val66Met on the relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and memory in cognitively normal older adults. Behavioural Brain Research, 362(19 April 2019), 103-108, DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2019.01.013.
  • Porter, T., Burnham, S., Milicic, L., Savage, G., Maruff, P., Lim, YY., Ames, D., Masters, C., Martins, R., Rainey-Smith, S., Rowe, C., Salvado, O., Groth, D., Verdile, G., Villemagne, V., Laws, S., (2019), Klotho allele status is not associated with Ab and APOE ε4erelated cognitive decline in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. Neurobiology of Aging, 76(April 2019), 162-165, United States, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2018.12.014.
  • Sohrabi, H., Weinborn, M., Laske, C., Bates, K., Christensen, D., Taddei, K., Rainey-Smith, S., Brown, B., Gardener, S., Laws, S., Martins, G., Burnham, S., Bucks, R., Reisberg, B., Lautenschlager, N., Foster, J., Martins, R., (2019), Subjective memory complaints predict baseline but not future cognitive function over three years: results from the Western Australia Memory Study. International Psychogeriatrics, In Press(2018), 13p., United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S1041610218001072.
  • Dang, C., Harrington, K., Lim, YY., Ames, D., Hassenstab, J., Laws, S., Yassi, N., Hickey, M., Rainey-Smith, S., Robertson, J., Rowe, C., Sohrabi, H., Salvado, O., Weinborn, M., Villemagne, V., Masters, C., Maruff, P., (2019), Superior Memory Reduces 8-year Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia But Not Amyloid β-Associated Cognitive Decline in Older Adults. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, In Press(2018), 14p., United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/arclin/acy078.
  • Porter, T., Burnham, S., Milicic, L., Savage, G., Maruff, P., Sohrabi, H., Peretti, M., Lim, YY., Weinborn, M., Ames, D., Masters, C., Martins, R., Rainey-Smith, S., Rowe, C., Salvado, O., Groth, D., Verdile, G., Villemagne, V., Laws, S., (2019), COMT val158met is not associated with Aβ-amyloid and APOE ε4 related cognitive decline in cognitively normal older adults. IBRO Reports, 6(June 2019), 147-152, DOI: 10.1016/j.ibror.2019.05.001.
  • Russell, A., Kepka, A., Trbojevic-Akmacic, I., Ugrina, I., Song, M., Hui, J., Hunter, M., Laws, S., Lauc, G., Wang, W., (2019), Increased central adiposity is associated with pro-inflammatory immunoglobulin G N-glycans. Immunobiology, 224(1), 110-115, DOI: 10.1016/j.imbio.2018.10.002.
  • Martins, R., Villemagne, V., Sohrabi, H., Chatterjee, P., Shah, T., Verdile, G., Fraser, P., Taddei, K., Gupta, V., Rainey-Smith, S., Hone, E., Pedrini, S., Lim, F., Martins, I., Frost, S., Gupta, S., O'Bryant, S., Rembach, A., Ames, D., Ellis, K., Fuller, S., Brown, B., Gardener, S., Fernando, B., Bharadwaj, P., Burnham, S., Laws, S., Barron, A., Goozee, K., Wahjoepramono, EJ., Asih, P., Doecke, J., Salvado, O., Bush, A., Rowe, C., Gandy, S., Masters, C., (2018), Alzheimer’s Disease: A Journey from Amyloid Peptides and Oxidative Stress, to Biomarker Technologies and Disease Prevention Strategies—Gains from AIBL and DIAN Cohort Studies. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 62(3), 965-992, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-171145.
  • Fernando, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Gardener, S., Villemagne, V., Burnham, S., Macaulay, SL., Brown, B., Gupta, V., Sohrabi, H., Weinborn, M., Taddei, K., Laws, S., Goozee, K., Ames, D., Fowler, C., Maruff, P., Masters, C., Salvado, O., Rowe, C., Martins, R., (2018), Associations of dietary protein and fiber intake with brain and blood amyloid-B. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 61(2018), 1589-1598, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-170742.
  • Lim, YY., Kalinowski, P., Pietrzak, R., Laws, S., Burnham, S., Ames, D., Villemagne, V., Fowler, C., Rainey-Smith, S., Martins, R., Rowe, C., Masters, C., Maruff, P., (2018), Association of β-Amyloid and Apolipoprotein E ε4 With Memory Decline in Preclinical Alzheimer Disease. JAMA Neurology, 75(4), 488-494, United States, American Medical Association, DOI: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.4325.
  • Porter, T., Burnham, S., Dore, V., Savage, G., Bourgeat, P., Begemann, K., Milicic, L., Ames, D., Bush, A., Maruff, P., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Rainey-Smith, S., Martins, R., Groth, D., Verdile, G., Villemagne, V., Laws, S., (2018), KIBRA is associated with accelerated cognitive decline and hippocampal atrophy in APOE ε4- positive cognitively normal adults with high Aβ-amyloid burden. Scientific Reports, 8(1), Article no.2034, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-20513-y.
  • Perin, S., Harrington, K., Lim, YY., Ellis, K., Ames, D., Pietrzak, R., Schembri, A., Rainey-Smith, S., Salvado, O., Laws, S., Martins, R., Villemagne, V., Rowe, C., Masters, C., Maruff, P., (2018), Amyloid burden and incident depressive symptoms in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Affective Disorders, 229(15 March 2018), 269-274, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.12.101.
  • Russell, A., Adua, E., Ugrina, I., Laws, S., Wang, W., (2018), Unravelling immunoglobulin G Fc N-glycosylation: A dynamic marker potentiating predictive, preventive and personalised medicine. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 19(2), article no.390, DOI: 10.3390/ijms19020390.
  • Brown, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Dore, V., Peiffer, J., Burnham, S., Laws, S., Taddei, K., Ames, D., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Martins, R., Villemagne, V., (2018), Self-Reported Physical Activity is Associated with Tau Burden Measured by Positron Emission Tomography. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 63(4), 1299-1305, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-170998.
  • Harrington, K., Schembri, A., Lim, YY., Dang, C., Ames, D., Hassenstab, J., Laws, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Robertson, J., Rowe, C., Sohrabi, H., Salvado, O., Weinborn, M., Villemagne, V., Masters, C., Maruff, P., (2018), Estimates of age-related memory decline are inflated by unrecognized Alzheimer’s disease. Neurobiology of Aging, 70(Oct 2018), 170-179, United States, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2018.06.005.
  • Harrington, K., Dang, C., Lim, YY., Ames, D., Laws, S., Pietrzak, R., Rainey-Smith, S., Robertson, J., Rowe, C., Salvado, O., Villemagne, V., Masters, C., Maruff, P., (2018), The effect of preclinical Alzheimer's disease on age-related changes in intelligence in cognitively normal older adults. Intelligence, 70(Sept-Oct 2018), 22-29, United Kingdom, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.intell.2018.07.004.
  • Porter, T., Burnham, S., Milicic, L., Savage, G., Maruff, P., Lim, YY., Li, Q., Ames, D., Masters, C., Rainey-Smith, S., Rowe, C., Salvado, O., Groth, D., Verdile, G., Villemagne, V., Laws, S., (2018), Utility of an Alzheimer’s Disease Risk-Weighted Polygenic Risk Score for Predicting Rates of Cognitive Decline in Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease: A Prospective Longitudinal Study. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 66(3), 1193-1211, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-180713.
  • Dang, C., Harrington, K., Lim, YY., Ames, D., Hassenstab, J., Laws, S., Yassi, N., Hickey, M., Rainey-Smith, S., Robertson, J., Sohrabi, H., Salvado, O., Weinborn, M., Villemagne, V., Rowe, C., Masters, C., Maruff, P., (2018), Relationship Between Amyloid-β Positivity and Progression to Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia over 8 Years in Cognitively Normal Older Adults. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 65(4), 1313-1325, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-180507.
  • Doecke, J., Rembach, A., Villemagne, V., Varghesi, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Sarros, S., Evered, L., Fowler, C., Pertile, K., Rumble, R., Trounson, B., Taddei, K., Laws, S., Macaulay, SL., Bush, A., Ellis, K., Martins, R., Ames, D., Silbert, B., Vanderstichele, H., Masters, C., Darby, D., Li, Q., Collins, S., (2018), Concordance between cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers with Alzheimer's disease pathology between three independent assay platforms. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 61(1), 169-183, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-170128.
  • Holmes, SE., Esterlis, I., Mazure, CM., Lim, YY., Ames, D., Rainey-Smith, S., Fowler, C., Ellis, K., Martins, R., Salvado, O., Doré, V., Villemagne, VL., Rowe, CC., Laws, S., Masters, CL., Pietrzak, RH., Maruff, P., (2018), Trajectories of depressive and anxiety symptoms in older adults: a 6-year prospective cohort study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 33(2), 405-413, DOI: 10.1002/gps.4761.
  • Porter, T., Villemagne, V., Savage, G., Milicic, L., Lim, YY., Maruff, P., Masters, C., Ames, D., Bush, A., Martins, R., Rainey-Smith, S., Rowe, C., Taddei, K., Groth, D., Verdile, G., Burnham, S., Laws, S., (2018), Cognitive gene risk profile for the prediction of cognitive decline in presymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease. Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry, 7-8(2018), 14-20, United States, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.pmip.2018.03.001.
  • Rainey-Smith, S., Mazzucchelli, G., Villemagne, V., Brown, B., Porter, T., Weinborn, M., Bucks, R., Milicic, L., Sohrabi, H., Taddei, K., Ames, D., Maruff, P., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Salvado, O., Martins, R., Laws, S., (2018), Genetic variation in Aquaporin-4 moderates the relationship between sleep and brain Aβ-amyloid burden. Translational Psychiatry, 8(1), Article no. 47, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/s41398-018-0094-x.
  • Rainey-Smith, S., Gu, Y., Gardener, S., Doecke, J., Villemagne, V., Brown, B., Taddei, K., Laws, S., Sohrabi, H., Weinborn, M., Ames, D., Fowler, C., Macaulay, SL., Maruff, P., Masters, C., Salvado, O., Rowe, C., Scarmeas, N., Martins, R., (2018), Mediterranean diet adherence and rate of cerebral Aβ-amyloid accumulation: Data from the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Study of Ageing. Translational Psychiatry, 8(1), 238-244, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/s41398-018-0293-5.
  • Weinborn, M., Bucks, R., Sohrabi, H., Rainey-Smith, S., Brown, B., Gardener, S., Gozt, O., Christensen, D., Savage, G., Laws, S., Taddei, K., Maruff, P., Robertson, J., Ellis, K., Ames, D., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Martins, R., (2018), Trajectories of Irregular Word Reading Ability as a Proxy for Premorbid Intelligence in Alzheimer’s Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Healthy Aging: A Longitudinal Study. Psychological Assessment, 30(10), 1308-1316, United States, American Psychological Association, DOI: 10.1037/pas0000565.
  • Porter, T., Burnham, S., Savage, G., Lim, YY., Maruff, P., Milicic, L., Peretti, M., Ames, D., Masters, C., Martins, R., Rainey-Smith, S., Rowe, C., Salvado, O., Taddei, K., Groth, D., Verdile, G., Villemagne, V., Laws, S., (2018), A polygenic risk score derived from episodic memory weighted genetic variants is associated with cognitive decline in preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 10(Dec 2018), Article number 423, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2018.00423.
  • Hollands, S., Lim, YY., Laws, S., Villemagne, V., Pietrzak, R., Harrington, K., Porter, T., Snyder, P., Ames, D., Fowler, C., Rainey-Smith, S., Martins, R., Salvado, O., Robertson, J., Rowe, C., Masters, C., Maruff, P., (2017), APOE e4 Genotype, Amyloid, and Clinical Disease Progression in Cognitively Normal Older Adults. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 57(2), 411-422, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-161019.
  • Pietrzak, RH., Laws, S., Lim, YY., Bender, SJ., Porter, T., Doecke, J., Ames, DJ., Fowler, CJ., Masters, CL., Milicic, L., Rainey-Smith, S., Villemagne, VL., Rowe, CC., Martins, R., Maruff, P., (2017), Plasma Cortisol,Brain Amyloid-β, and Cognitive Decline in Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease: A 6-Year Prospective Cohort Study. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 2(1), 45-52, DOI: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2016.08.006.
  • Lim, YY., Williamson, R., Laws, S., Villemagne, V., Bourgeat, P., Fowler, C., Rainey-Smith, S., Salvado, O., Martins, R., Rowe, C., Masters, C., Maruff, P., (2017), Effect of APOE genotype on amyloid deposition, brain volume, and memory in cognitively normal older individuals. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 58(4), 1293-1302, Amsterdam, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-170072.
  • Laws, S., Gaskin, S., Woodfield, A., Srikanth, V., Bruce, D., Fraser, P., Porter, T., Newsholme, P., Wijesekara, N., Burnham, S., Dore, V., Li, Q., Maruff, P., Masters, C., Rainey-Smith, S., Rowe, C., Salvado, O., Villemagne, V., Martins, R., Verdile, G., (2017), Insulin resistance is associated with reductions in specific cognitive domains and increases in CSF tau in cognitively normal adults. Scientific Reports, 7(1), Article no. 9766, London, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-09577-4.
  • Harrington, K., Lim, YY., Ames, D., Hassenstab, J., Laws, S., Martins, R., Rainey-Smith, S., Robertson, J., Rowe, C., Salvado, O., Dore, V., Villemagne, V., Snyder, P., Masters, C., Maruff, P., (2017), Amyloid b–associated cognitive decline in the absence of clinical disease progression and systemic illness. Alzheimer's and Dementia, 8(2017), 156-164, Philadelphia, USA, Elsevier Science Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.dadm.2017.05.006.
  • Cardoso, B., Hare, D., Lind, M., McLean, C., Volitakis, I., Laws, S., Masters, C., Bush, A., Roberts, B., (2017), The APOE ε4 Allele is associated with lower selenium levels in the brain: Implications for Alzheimer’s disease. ACS Chemical Neuroscience, 8(7), 1459-1464, Washington, USA, American Chemical Society, DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.7b00014.
  • Lim, YY., Rainey-Smith, S., Lim, Y., Laws, S., Gupta, V., Porter, T., Bourgeat, P., Ames, D., Fowler, C., Salvado, O., Villemagne, V., Rowe, C., Masters, C., Zhou, XF., Martins, R., Maruff, P., (2017), BDNF Val66Met in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease is associated with short-term changes in episodic memory and hippocampal volume but not serum mBDNF. International Psychogeriatrics, 29(11), 1825-1834, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S1041610217001284.
  • Brown, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Castalanelli, N., Gordon, N., Markovic, S., Sohrabi, H., Weinborn, M., Laws, S., Doecke, J., Shen, K., Martins, R., Peiffer, JJ., (2017), Study protocol of the Intense Physical Activity and Cognition study: The effect of high-intensity exercise training on cognitive function in older adults. Alzheimer's and Dementia, 3(4), 562-570, United States, Elsevier Science Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.09.003.
  • Villemagne, V., Doré, V., Bourgeat, P., Burnham, S., Laws, S., Salvado, O., Masters, C., Rowe, C., (2017), Aβ-amyloid and Tau Imaging in Dementia. Seminars in Nuclear Medicine, 47(1), 75-88, W.B Saunders, DOI: 10.1053/j.semnuclmed.2016.09.006.
  • Brown, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Villemagne, V., Weinborn, M., Bucks, R., Sohrabi, H., Laws, S., Taddei, K., Macaulay, SL., Ames, D., Fowler, C., Maruff, P., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Martins, R., (2016), The relationship between sleep quality and brain amyloid burden. Sleep, 39(5), 1063-1068, Westchester, USA, Associated Professional Sleep Societies,LLC, DOI: 10.5665/sleep.5756.
  • Burnham, S., Rowe, C., Baker, D., Bush, A., Doecke, JD., Faux, N., Laws, S., Martins, R., Maruff, P., Macaulay, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Savage, G., Ames, D., Masters, C., Wilson, W., Villemagne, V., (2016), Predicting Alzheimer disease from a blood-based biomarker profile. Neurology, 87(11), 1093-1101, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000003094.
  • Lim, YY., Villemagne, V., Laws, S., Pietrzak, R., Ames, D., Fowler, C., Rainey-Smith, S., Snyder, P., Bourgeat, P., Martins, R., Salvado, O., Rowe, C., Masters, C., Maruff, P., (2016), Performance on the Cogstate Brief Battery Is Related to Amyloid Levels and Hippocampal Volume in Very Mild Dementia. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, 60(3), 362-370, Springer New York LLC, DOI: 10.1007/s12031-016-0822-8.
  • Gupta, V., Doecke, J., Hone, E., Pedrini, S., Laws, S., Thambisetty, M., Bush, A., Rowe, C., Villemagne, V., Ames, D., Masters, C., Macaulay, SL., Rembach, A., Rainey-Smith, S., Martins, R., (2016), Plasma apolipoprotein J as a potential biomarker for Alzheimer's disease: Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle study of aging. Alzheimers and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, 3(2016), 18-26, Elsevier Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.dadm.2015.12.001.
  • Gardener, S., Sohrabi, H., Shen, K., Rainey-Smith, S., Weinborn, M., Bates, K., Shah, T., Foster, J., Lenzo, N., Salvado, O., Laske, C., Laws, S., Taddei, K., Verdile, G., Martins, R., (2016), Cerebral Glucose Metabolism is Associated with Verbal but not Visual Memory Performance in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 52(2), 661-672, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-151084.
  • Lim, Y., Laws, S., Villemagne, V., Pietrzak, R., Porter, T., Ames, D., Fowler, C., Rainey-Smith, S., Snyder, P., Martins, R., Salvado, O., Bourgeat, P., Rowe, C., Masters, C., Maruff, P., (2016), Aβ-related memory decline in APOE ε4 non-carriers: Implications for Alzheimer’s disease. Neurology, 86(17), 1635-1642, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002604.
  • Burnham, S., Bourgeat, P., Dore, V., Savage, G., Brown, B., Laws, S., Maruff, P., Salvado, O., Ames, D., Martins, R., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Villemagne, V., (2016), Clinical and cognitive trajectories in cognitively healthy elderly individuals with suspected non-Alzheimer's disease pathophysiology (SNAP) or Alzheimer's disease pathology: a longitudinal study. Lancet Neurology, 15(10), 1044-1053, London, UK, Lancet Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1016/S1474-4422(16)30125-9.
  • Porter, T., Bharadwaj, P., Groth, D., Paxman, A., Laws, S., Martins, R., Verdile, G., (2016), The Effects of Latrepirdine on Amyloid-β Aggregation and Toxicity. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 50(3), 895-905, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-150790.
  • Holmes, S., Esterlis, I., Mazure, C., Lim, YY., Ames, D., Rainey-Smith, S., Martins, R., Salvado, O., Dore, V., Villemagne, V., Rowe, C., Laws, S., Masters, C., Maruff, P., Pietrzak, R., (2016), β-Amyloid, APOE and BDNF Genotype, and Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms in Cognitively Normal Older Women and Men. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24(12), 1191-1195, Elsevier B.V., DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2016.08.007.
  • Lim, YY., Villemagne, VL., Laws, S., Pietrzak, RH., Snyder, PJ., Ames, D., Ellis, KA., Harrington, K., Rembach, A., Martins, R., Rowe, CC., Masters, CL., Maruff, P., (2015), APOE and BDNF polymorphisms moderate amyloid β-related cognitive decline in preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Molecular Psychiatry, 20(11), 1322-1328, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/mp.2014.123.
  • Sohrabi, H., Bates, K., Weinborn, M., Bucks, R., Rainey-Smith, S., Rodrigues, M., Bird, S., Brown, B., Beilby, J., Howard, M., Criddle, A., Wraith, M., Taddei, K., Martins, G., Paton, A., Shah, T., Dhaliwal, S., Mehta, P., Foster, J., Martins, I., Lautenschlager, N., Mastaglia, F., Laws, S., Martins, R., (2015), Bone mineral density, adiposity, and cognitive functions. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 7(FEB), Article no. 16, Lausanne, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2015.00016.
  • Gupta, V., Wilson, A., Burnham, S., Hone, E., Pedrini, S., Laws, S., Lim, F., Rembach, A., Rainey-Smith, S., Ames, D., Cobiac, L., Macaulay, SL., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Bush, A., Martins, R., (2015), Follow-up plasma apolipoprotein E levels in the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing (AIBL) cohort. Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, 7(1), Article no.16, United Kingdom, BioMed Central Ltd., DOI: 10.1186/s13195-015-0105-6.
  • Pietrzak, RH., Lim, YY., Ames, D., Harrington, K., Restrepo, C., Martins, R., Rembach, A., Laws, S., Masters, CL., Villemagne, VL., Rowe, CC., Maruff, P., (2015), Trajectories of memory decline in preclinical Alzheimer's disease: Results from the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing. Neurobiology of Aging, 36(3), 1231-1238, United States, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.12.015.
  • Thai, C., Lim, YY., Villemagne, VL., Laws, S., Ames, D., Ellis, KA., Rainey-Smith, S., Martins, R., Masters, CL., Rowe, CC., Maruff, P., (2015), Amyloid-Related Memory Decline in Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease is Dependent on APOE ε4 and is Detectable over 18-Months. PLoS One, 10(10), Article number e0139082, San Francisco, California, United States, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139082.
  • Gu, B., Field, J., Duterte, S., Ou, A., Kilpatrick, T., Lechner-Scott, J., Scott, R., Lea, R., Taylor, B., Stankovich, J., Butzkueven, H., Gresle, M., Laws, S., Petrou, S., Hoffjan, S., Akkad, D., Graham, C., Hawkins, S., Glaser, A., Bedri, S., Hillert, J., Matute, C., Antiguedad, A., Wiley, J., (2015), A rare P2X7 variant Arg307Gln with absent pore formation function protects against neuroinflammation in multiple sclerosis. Human Molecular Genetics, 24(19), 5644-54, Oxford, United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/hmg/ddv278.
  • Rembach, A., Evered, L., Li, Q., Nash, T., Vidaurre, L., Fowler, CJ., Pertile, KK., Rumble, RL., Trounson, BO., Maher, S., Mooney, F., Farrow, M., Taddei, K., Rainey-Smith, S., Laws, S., Macaulay, SL., Wilson, W., Darby, DG., Martins, R., Ames, D., Collins, S., Silbert, B., Masters, CL., Doecke, JD., (2015), Alzheimer's Disease cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers are not influenced by gravity drip or aspiration extraction methodology. Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, 7(2015), Article number 71, London, United Kingdom, BioMed Central Ltd., DOI: 10.1186/s13195-015-0157-7.
  • Li, Q., Villemagne, V., Doecke, J., Rembach, A., Sarros, S., Varghese, S., McGlade, A., Laughton, K., Pertile, K., Fowler, C., Rumble, R., Trounson, B., Taddei, K., Rainey-Smith, S., Laws, S., Robertson, J., Evered, L., Silbert, B., Ellis, K., Rowe, C., Macaulay, S., Darby, D., Martins, R., Ames, D., Masters, C., Collins, S., (2015), Alzheimer’s Disease Normative Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers Validated in PET Amyloid-β Characterized Subjects from the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) study. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 48(1), 175-187, Amsterdam, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-150247.
  • Burnham, S., Faux, N., Wilson, W., Laws, S., Ames, D., Bedo, J., Bush, A., Doecke, J., Ellis, K., Head, R., Jones, G., Kiiveri, H., Martins, R., Rembach, A., Rowe, C., Salvado, O., Macaulay, SL., Masters, C., Villemagne, V., (2014), A blood-based predictor for neocortical A-beta burden in Alzheimer's disease: results from the AIBL study. Molecular Psychiatry, 19(2014), 519-526, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/mp.2013.40.
  • Villemagne, V., Dore, V., Yates, P., Brown, B., Mulligan, R., Bourgeat, P., Veljanoski, R., Rainey-Smith, S., Ong, K., Rembach, A., Williams, R., Burnham, S., Laws, S., Salvado, O., Taddei, K., Macaulay, SL., Martins, R., Ames, D., Masters, C., Rowe, C., (2014), En Attendant Centiloid. Advances in Research, 2(12), 723-729, Online, Science Domain International, DOI: 10.9734/AIR/2014/11599.
  • Lim, YY., Villemagne, V., Laws, S., Ames, D., Pietrzak, R., Ellis, K., Harrington, K., Bourgeat, P., Bush, A., Martins, R., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Maruff, P., (2014), Effect of BDNF Val66Met on memory decline and hippocampal atrophy in prodromal Alzheimer’s disease: A preliminary study. PLoS One, 9(1), Article no. e86498, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0086498.
  • Rembach, A., Faux, N., Watt, A., Pertile, K., Rumble, R., Trounson, B., Fowler, C., Roberts, B., Perez, K., Li, Q., Laws, S., Taddei, K., Rainey-Smith, S., Robertson, J., Vandijck, M., Vanderstichele, H., Barnham, K., Ellis, K., Szoeke, C., Macaulay, L., Rowe, C., Villemagne, V., Ames, D., Martins, R., Bush, A., Masters, C., (2014), Changes in plasma amyloid beta in a longitudinal study of aging and Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's and Dementia, 10(1), 53-61, United States, Elsevier Science Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.jalz.2012.12.006.
  • Brown, B., Bourgeat, P., Peiffer, J., Burnham, S., Laws, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Bartres-Faz, D., Villemagne, V., Taddei, K., Rembach, A., Bush, A., Ellis, K., Macaulay, SL., Rowe, C., Ames, D., Masters, C., Maruff, P., Martins, R., (2014), Influence of BDNF Val66Met on the relationship between physical activity and brain volume. Neurology, 83(15), 1345-52, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000867.
  • Verdile, G., Laws, S., Henley, D., Ames, D., Bush, A., Ellis, K., Faux, N., Gupta, V., Li, Q., Masters, C., Pike, K., Rowe, C., Szoeke, C., Taddei, K., Villemagne, V., Martins, R., (2014), Associations between gonadotropins, testosterone and β amyloid in men at risk of Alzheimer's disease. Molecular Psychiatry, 19(1), 69-75, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/mp.2012.147.
  • Kanyenda, L., Verdile, G., Martins, R., Meloni, B., Chieng, J., Mastaglia, F., Laws, S., Anderton, R., Boulos, S., (2014), Is cholesterol and amyloid-β stress induced CD147 expression a protective response? Evidence that extracellular cyclophilin a mediated neuroprotection is reliant on CD147. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 39(3), 545-546, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-131442.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  GENETIC DETERMINANTS OF RATES OF COGNITIVE DECLINE IN PRECLINICAL ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
  • Master of Science (Medical Science),  DNA METHYLATION OF THE CLUSTERIN PROMOTER: ASSOCIATIONS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE RISK AND RELATED PHENOTYPES

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  EVOLUTIONARY APPROACHES FOR FEATURE SELECTION IN BIOLOGICAL DATA
  • Master of Science (Human Biology),  PLASMA INSULIN-DEGRADING ENZYME: CHARACTERISATION AND EVALUATION AS A POTENTIAL BIOMARKER FOR ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.
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