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Dr Samantha Gardener

Research Fellow

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.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Kirby, S., Lyons-Wall, P., Martins, R., Rainey-Smith, S. (2020). Validation and Reliability of the Alzheimer’s Disease-Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Food Frequency Questionnaire. Nutrients, 12(12), Article number 3605.

Journal Articles

  • Dube, U., Del-Aguila, J., Li, Z., Budde, J., Jiang, S., Hsu, S., Ibanez, L., Fernandez, M., Farias, F., Norton, J., Gentsch, J., Wang, F., Allegri, R., Amtashar, F., Benzinger, T., Berman, S., Bodge, C., Brandon, S., Brooks, W., Buck, J., Buckles, V., Chea, S., Chrem, P., Chui, H., Cinco, J., Clifford, J., D’mello, M., Donahue, T., Douglas, J., Edigo, N., Erekin-Taner, N., Fagan, A., Farlow, M., Farrar, A., Feldman, H., Flynn, G., Fox, N., Franklin, E., Fujii, H., Gant, C., Kirby, S., Ghetti, B., Goate, A., Goldman, J., Gordon, B., Gray, J., Gurney, J., Hassenstab, J., Hirohara, M., Holtzman, D., Hornbeck, R., Dibari, S., Ikeuchi, T., Ikonomovic, S., Jerome, G., Jucker, M., Kasuga, K., Kawarabayashi, T., Klunk, W., Koeppe, R., Kuder-Buletta, E., Laske, C., Levin, J., Marcus, D., Martins, R., Mason, N., Maue-Dreyfus, D., McDade, E., Montoya, L., Mori, H., Nagamatsu, A., Neimeyer, K., Noble, J., Perrin, R., Raichle, M., Ringman, J., Roh, J., Schofield, P., Shimada, H., Shiroto, T., Shoji, M., Sigurdson, W., Sohrabi, H., Sparks, P., Suzuki, K., Swisher, L., Taddei, K., Wang, J., Wang, P., Weiner, M., Wolfsberger, M., Xiong, C., Xu, X., Salloway, S., Masters, C., Lee, J., Graff-Radford, N., Chhatwal, J., Bateman, R., Morris, J., Karch, C., Harari, O., Cruchaga, C. (2019). An atlas of cortical circular RNA expression in Alzheimer disease brains demonstrates clinical and pathological associations. Nature Neuroscience, 22(11), 1903-1912.
  • Sohrabi, H., Weinborn, M., Laske, C., Bates, K., Christensen, D., Taddei, K., Rainey-Smith, S., Brown, B., Kirby, 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.
  • Schultz, A., Kloet, R., Sohrabi, H., Van Der Weerd, L., Van Rooden, S., Wermer, M., Moursel, L., Yaqub, M., Van Berckel, B., Chatterjee, P., Kirby, 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.

Journal Articles

  • Weinborn, M., Bucks, R., Sohrabi, H., Rainey-Smith, S., Brown, B., Kirby, 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.
  • McCabe, K., Woods, S., Weinborn, M., Sohrabi, H., Rainey-Smith, S., Brown, B., Kirby, 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.
  • 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., Kirby, 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.
  • Rainey-Smith, S., Gu, Y., Kirby, 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.
  • Kirby, 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.
  • Fernando, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Kirby, 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-β. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 61(4), 1589-1598.

Journal Articles

  • Brown, B., Sohrabi, H., Taddei, K., Kirby, 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.
  • Kirby, 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.

Journal Articles

  • Kirby, 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.
  • Kirby, 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(2), 301-334.

Journal Articles

  • Kirby, 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.
  • Kirby, 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.

Journal Articles

  • Kirby, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Keogh, J., Mathieson, S., Martins, R. (2013). Dietary Patterns Associated with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Chronic Disease Risk: A Review. Alzheimer's Disease & Parkinsonism, Special(2013), online.

Journal Articles

  • Kirby, S., Gu, Y., Rainey-Smith, S., Keogh, JB., Clifton, PM., Mathieson, SL., Taddei, K., Mondal, A., Ward, V., Scarmeas, N., Barnes, M., Ellis, K., Head, R., Masters, C0., Ames, D., Macaulay, S0., Rowe, C0., Szoeke, C., Martins, R. (2012). Adherence to a Mediterranean diet and Alzheimer's disease risk in an Australian population. Translational Psychiatry, 2(2012), e164.

Research Projects

  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Potential Role of Dietary Nitrate in relation To Cognition, Cognitive Decline and Dementia
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