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Dr Samantha Gardener

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6298 6306


Samantha is a post-doctoral research fellow based at the McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2014.
  • Bachelor of Science Molecular Genetics in Biotechnology, England, 2007.


Recent Research Grants

  • Validation of a modified dietary questionnaire for use in Alzheimer’s disease research,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Medical and Health Sciences Research Grant Scheme 2017,  2017 - 2018,  $9,997.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • 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, 31(4), 513-525, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S1041610218001072.
  • Schultz, A., Kloet, R., Sohrabi, H., Van Der Weerd, L., Van Rooden, S., Wermer, M., Moursel, L., Yaqub, M., Van Berckel, B., Chatterjee, P., Gardener, S., Taddei, K., Fagan, A., Benzinger, T., Morris, J., Sperling, R., Johnson, K., Bateman, R., Gurol, ME., Van Buchem, M., Martins, R., Chhatwal, J., Greenberg, S., (2019), Amyloid Imaging of Dutch-Type Hereditary Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy Carriers. Annals of Neurology, 86(4), 616-625, DOI: 10.1002/ana.25560.
  • 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.
  • McCabe, K., Woods, S., Weinborn, M., Sohrabi, H., Rainey-Smith, S., Brown, B., Gardener, S., Taddei, K., Martins, R., (2018), Personality characteristics are independently associated with prospective memory in the laboratory, and in daily Life, among older adults. Journal of Research in Personality, 76(Oct 2018), 32-37, United States, Academic Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2018.06.006.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gardener, S., Rainey-Smith, S., (2018), The Role of Nutrition in Cognitive Function and Brain Ageing in the Elderly. Current Nutrition Reports, 7(3), 139-149, Current Science Inc., DOI: 10.1007/s13668-018-0229-y.
  • Brown, B., Sohrabi, H., Taddei, K., Gardener, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Peiffer, J., Xiong, C., Fagan, A., Benzinger, T., Buckles, V., Erickson, K., Clarnette, R., Shah, T., Masters, C., Weiner, M., Cairns, N., Rossor, M., Graff-Radford, N., Salloway, S., Voglein, J., Laske, C., Noble, J., Schofield, P., Bateman, R., Morris, J., Martins, R., (2017), Habitual exercise levels are associated with cerebral amyloid load in presymptomatic autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's and Dementia, 13(11), 1197-1206, United States, Elsevier Science Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.jalz.2017.03.008.
  • Gardener, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Sohrabi, H., Weinborn, M., Verdile, G., Fernando, B., Lim, YY., Harrington, K., Burnham, S., Taddei, K., Masters, C., Macaulay, S., Rowe, C., Ames, D., Maruff, P., Martins, R., (2017), Increased carbohydrate intake is associated with poorer performance in verbal memory and attention in an APOE genotype-dependent manner. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 58(1), 193-201, Amsterdam, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-161158.
  • 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.
  • Gardener, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Martins, R., (2016), Diet and Inflammation in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Chronic Diseases: A Review. Journal of Alzheimer's disease, 50(2016), 301-334, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-150765.
  • Gardener, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Macaulay, SL., Taddei, K., Rembach, A., Maruff, P., Ellis, K., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Ames, D., Keogh, J., Martins, R., (2015), Comparative analysis of the Cancer Council of Victoria and the online Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation FFQ. The British Journal of Nutrition: an international journal of nutritional science, 114(10), 1683-1693, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S0007114515003335.
  • Gardener, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Barnes, M., Sohrabi, H., Weinborn, M., Lim, Y., Harrington, K., Taddei, K., Gu, Y., Rembach, A., Szoeke, C., Ellis, K., Masters, C., Macaulay, S., Rowe, C., Ames, D., Keogh, J., Scarmeas, N., Martins, R., (2015), Dietary patterns and cognitive decline in an Australian study of ageing. Molecular Psychiatry, 20(7), 860-866, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/mp.2014.79.
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