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Dr Belinda Brown

Belinda is a Research Fellow in Neuroscience based at the McCusker Foundation.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2014.
  • Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biotechnology), Curtin University of Technology, 2007.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Frost, N., Weinborn, M., Gignac, G., Rainey-Smith, S., Markovic, S., Gordon, N., Sohrabi, H., Laws, S., Martins, R., Peiffer, J., Brown, B. (2021). A Randomized Controlled Trial of High-Intensity Exercise and Executive Functioning in Cognitively Normal Older Adults. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 29(2), 129-140. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2020.06.015.
  • Brown, B., Frost, N., Rainey-Smith, S., Doecke, J., Markovic, S., Gordon, N., Weinborn, M., Sohrabi, H., Laws, S., Martins, R., Erickson, K., Peiffer, J. (2021). High intensity exercise and cognitive function in cognitively normal older adults: a pilot randomised clinical trial. Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, 13(Feb), Article number 33. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13195-021-00774-y.

Journal Articles

  • De Frutos, J., Cuesta, P., Ramírez-Toraño, F., Nebreda, A., Cuadrado-Soto, E., Peral-Suárez, A., Lopez-Sanz, D., Bruña, R., Marcos-De Pedro, S., Delgado-Losada, M., López-Sobaler, AM., Rodríguez-Rojo, IC., Barabash, A., Rodriguez, JM., Laws, S., Dolado, A., López-Higes, R., Brown, B., Maestú, F. (2020). Age and APOE genotype affect the relationship between objectively measured physical activity and power in the alpha band, a marker of brain disease. Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, 12(1), Article number 113. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13195-020-00681-8.
  • Marston, K., Brown, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Bird, S., Wijaya, L., Teo, S., Martins, R., Peiffer, J. (2020). An intense, but ecologically valid, resistance exercise session does not alter growth factors associated with cognitive health. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 28(4), 605-612. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0100.
  • De Frutos-Lucas, J., Cuesta, P., López-Sanz, D., Peral-Suárez, A., Cuadrado-Soto, E., Ramírez-Toraño, F., Brown, B., Serrano, J., Laws, S., Rodriguez-Rojo, I., Verdejo-Román, J., Bruña, R., Delgado-Losada, M., Barabash, A., López-Sobaler, A., López-Higes, R., Marcos, A., Maestú, F. (2020). The relationship between physical activity, apolipoprotein e ϵ4 carriage, and brain health. Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, 12(1), Article number 48. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13195-020-00608-3.
  • Sohrabi, H., Goozee, K., Weinborn, M., Shen, K., Brown, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Salvado, O., Taddei, K., Bucks, R., Maruff, P., Laws, S., Lenzo, N., Laws, M., Deyoung, C., Speelman, C., Laske, C., Ames, D., Savage, G., Martins, R. (2020). Personality factors and cerebral glucose metabolism in community‑dwelling older adults. Brain Structure and Function, 225(5), 1511–1522. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00429-020-02071-0.
  • De Frutos, J., Frost, N., Erikson, K., Serrano, JM., Maestú, F., Laws, S., Brown, B. (2020). Does APOE genotype moderate the relationship between physical activity, brain health and dementia risk? A systematic review. Ageing Research Reviews, 64(December 2020), Article number 101173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2020.101173.

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2019.01.013.
  • Brown, B., Peiffer, J., Rainey-Smith, S. (2019). Exploring the relationship between physical activity, beta-amyloid and tau: A narrative review. Ageing Research Reviews, 50(March 2019), 9-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2019.01.003.
  • Marston, K., Brown, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Peiffer, J. (2019). Resistance Exercise-Induced Responses in Physiological Factors Linked with Cognitive Health. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 68(1), 39-64. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-181079.
  • Marston, K., Peiffer, J., Rainey-Smith, S., Gordon, N., Teo, S., Laws, S., Sohrabi, H., Martins, R., Brown, B. (2019). Resistance training enhances delayed memory in healthy middle-aged and older adults: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22(11), 1226-1231. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2019.06.013.
  • Marston, K., Brown, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Bird, S., Wijaya, L., Teo, S., Laws, S., Martins, R., Peiffer, J. (2019). Twelve weeks of resistance training does not influence peripheral levels of neurotrophic growth factors or homocysteine in healthy adults: a randomized‑controlled trial. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 119(10), 2167-2176. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-019-04202-w.
  • Frost, N., Weinborn, M., Gignac, G., Markovic, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Sohrabi, H., Martins, R., Peiffer, J., Brown, B. (2019). Higher cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with better verbal generativity in community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 27(5), 703-710. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2018-0382.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610218001072.
  • Fine, L., Weinborn, M., Ng, A., Loft, S., Li, Y., Hodgson, E., Parker, D., Rainey-Smith, S., Sohrabi, H., Brown, B., Martins, R., Bucks, R. (2019). Sleep disruption explains age-related prospective memory deficits: implications for cognitive aging and intervention. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition: A Journal on Normal and Dysfunctional Development, 26(4), 621-636. https://doi.org/10.1080/13825585.2018.1513449.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2018.06.006.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-170998.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41398-018-0293-5.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-171145.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41398-018-0094-x.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-170742.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0000565.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trci.2017.09.003.
  • Marston, K., Newton, M., Brown, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Bird, S., Martins, R., Peiffer, J. (2017). Intense resistance exercise increases peripheral brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 20(10), 899-903. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2017.03.015.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2017.03.008.

Journal Articles

  • Chatterjee, P., Lim, F., Shui, G., Gupta, V., James, I., Fagan, A., Xiong, C., Sohrabi, H., Taddei, K., Brown, B., Benzinger, T., Masters, C., Snowden, S., Wenk, M., Bateman, R., Morris, J., Martins, R. (2016). Plasma Phospholipid and Sphingolipid Alterations in Presnilin1 Mutation Carriers: A Pilot Study. Journal of Alzheimer's disease, 50(3), 887-894. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-150948.
  • Bird, S., Sohrabi, H., Sutton, T., Weinborn, M., Rainey-Smith, S., Brown, B., Patterson, L., Taddei, K., Gupta, V., Carruthers, M., Lenzo, N., Knuckey, N., Bucks, R., Verdile, G., Martins, R. (2016). Cerebral amyloid-β accumulation and deposition following traumatic brain injury-A narrative review and meta-analysis of animal studies. Neuroscience & Biobehavioural Reviews, 64(2016), 215-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.01.004.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.5665/sleep.5756.
  • Rainey-Smith, S., Brown, B., Sohrabi, H., Shah, T., Goozee, K., Gupta, V., Martins, R. (2016). Curcumin and cognition: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study of community-dwelling older adults. The British Journal of Nutrition: an international journal of nutritional science, 115(12), 2106-2113. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114516001203.
  • Goozee, K., Shah, T., Sohrabi, H., Rainey-Smith, S., Brown, B., Verdile, G., Martins, R. (2016). Examining the potential clinical value of curcumin in the prevention and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. British Journal of Nutrition, 115(3), 449-465. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114515004687.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1474-4422(16)30125-9.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2015.00016.
  • Chatterjee, P., Gupta, V., Fagan, A., Jasielec, M., Xiong, C., Sohrabi, H., Dhaliwal, S., Taddei, K., Bourgeat, P., Brown, B., Benzinger, T., Bateman, R., Morris, J., Martins, R. (2015). Decreased Platelet APP Isoform Ratios in Autosomal Dominant Alzheimer's Disease: Baseline Data from a DIAN Cohort Subset. Current Alzheimer Research, 12(2), 157-164. https://doi.org/10.2174/1567205012666150204125732.
  • Bourgeat, P., Villemagne, V., Dore, V., Brown, B., Macaulay, SL., Martins, R., Masters, C., Ames, D., Ellis, K., Rowe, C., Salvado, O., Fripp, J. (2015). Comparison of MR-less PiB SUVR quantification methods. Neurobiology of Aging, 36(S1), S159-S166. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.04.033.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000000867.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.9734/AIR/2014/11599.

Journal Articles

  • Villemagne, V., Burhnham, S., Bourgeat, P., Brown, B., Ellis, KA., Salvado, O., Szoeke, C., Macaulay, L., Martins, R., Maruff, P., Ames, D., Rowe, C., Masters, C. (2013). Amyloid β deposition, neurodegeneration, and cognitive decline in sporadic Alzheimer's disease : a prospective cohort study. The Lancet Neurology, 12(4), 357-367. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1474-4422(13)70044-9.
  • Brown, B., Peiffer, JJ., Martins, R. (2013). Multiple effects of physical activity on molecular and cognitive signs of brain aging: can exercise slow neurodegeneration and delay Alzheimer's disease?. Molecular Psychiatry, 18(8), 864-874. https://doi.org/10.1038/mp.2012.162.
  • Brown, B., Peiffer, J., Taddei, K., Lui, J., Laws, S., Gupta, V., Taddei, T., Ward, V., Rodrigues, M., Burnham, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Villemagne, V., Bush, A., Ellis, K., Masters, C., Ames, D., Macaulay, L., Szoeke, C., Rowe, C., Martins, R. (2013). Physical activity and amyloid-β plasma and brain levels: results from the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Study of Ageing. Molecular Psychiatry, 18(8), 875-881. https://doi.org/10.1038/mp.2012.107.
  • Rowe, C., Bourgeat, P., Ellis, K., Brown, B., Yen Ying, L., Mulligan, R., Jones, G., Maruff, P., Woodward, M., Price, R., Robins, P., Tochon-Danguy, H., O'Keefe, G., Pike, K., Yates, P., Szoeke, C., Salvado, O., Macaulay, SL., O'Meara, T., Head, R., Cobiac, L., Savage, G., Martins, R., Masters, C., Ames, D., Villemagne, V. (2013). Predicting Alzheimer disease with beta-amyloid imaging: results from the Australian imaging, biomarkers, and lifestyle study of ageing. Annals of Neurology, 74(6), 905-913. https://doi.org/10.1002/ana.24040.

Journal Articles

  • Brown, B., Peiffer, J., Sohrabi, H., Mondal, A., Gupta, V., Rainey-Smith, S., Taddei, K., Burnham, S., Ellis, K., Szoeke, C., Masters, CL., Ames, D., Rowe, C., Martins, R. (2012). Intense physical activity is associated with cognitive performance in the elderly. Translational Psychiatry, 2(2012), art. no. e191. https://doi.org/10.1038/tp.2012.118.
  • Doecke, J., Laws, S., Faux, N., Wilson, W., Burnham, S., Lam, P., Mondal, A., Bedo, J., Bush, A., Brown, B., De Ruyck, K., Ellis, K., Fowler, C., Gupta, V., Head, R., Macaulay, SL., Pertile, K., Rowe, C., Rembach, A., Rodrigues, M., Rumble, R., Szoeke, C., Taddei, K., Taddei, T., Trounson, B., Ames, D., Masters, C., Martins, R. (2012). Blood-Based Protein Biomarkers for Diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease. Archives of Neurology, 69(10), 1318-1325. https://doi.org/10.1001/archneurol.2012.1282.

Journal Articles

  • Lui, J., Laws, S., Li, Q., Villemagne, V., Ames, D., Brown, B., Bush, A., De Ruyck, K., Dromey, J., Ellis, K., Faux, N., Foster, J., Fowler, C., Gupta, V., Hudson, P., Laughton, K., Masters, C., Pertile, K., Rembach, A., Rimajova, M., Rodrigues, M., Rowe, C., Rumble, R., Szoecke, C., Taddei, K., Taddei, T., Trounson, B., Ward, V., Martins, R. (2010). Plasma amyloid-β as a biomarker in Alzheimer’s disease: the AIBL study of aging.. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 20(4), 1233-1242.

Research Projects

  • The role of intense physical activity in protecting the ageing brain, National Health and Medical Research Council, Dementia Research Development Fellowship, 2016 ‑ 2020, $778,579.
  • The effect of high-intensity exercise on Alzheimer’s disease-related gene expression, Brain Foundation, Research Gifts Program, 2017, $39,875.
  • Application for travel to the Brain Aging and Cognitive Health Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh, Dementia Australia Research Foundation, AADRF - Rosemary Foundation Travel Fellowship, 2015 ‑ 2016, $15,000.
  • The influence of exercise intensity on the prevention of cognitive decline in older adults, Dementia Australia Research Foundation, AADRF - Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2014 ‑ 2016, $214,900.
  • Exercise intensity and prevention of cognitive decline in older adults, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2015, 2015 ‑ 2016, $24,066.
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