Michele Callisaya

A cognitive-mobility stress test to detect MCI and risk of conversion to dementia.

Award: 
Dementia Australia Research Foundation – Victoria Project Grant^ and Dementia Advocates’ Award
Status: 
In Progress
Project Snapshot: 

A difficulty for doctors is that not all people with cognitive problems develop dementia. This study will determine if a simple Cognitive-Mobility Stress Test can distinguish between people with subjective cognitive complaints or mild cognitive impairment. It will also provide data for a larger project aimed to predict risk of developing dementia. 

The Cognitive-Mobility stress test involves performing a cognitively challenging task whilst walking. We hope that for the clinician, such a simple, inexpensive and non-invasive test will assist with risk stratification and in decision making for further assessment and management. For the individual, better knowledge of prognosis will reduce anxiety and assist in making preventative lifestyle changes and decisions for the future. 

Where are they now?: 

Dr Callisaya is a physiotherapist and National Health and Medical Research Council Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellow. She holds affiliations at Monash University, Peninsula Health and the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania.