Zina Hijazi

The influence of cerebrovascular disease in dementia with Lewy bodies.

Award: 
Dementia Australia Research Foundation – Training Fellowship
Status: 
In Progress
Project Snapshot: 

Dementia with Lewy bodies is a common type of dementia, and shares symptoms with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Trials have not found any treatments that can prevent deterioration in this condition. There is limited information as to the cause of symptoms experienced and the prognosis. Certain brain changes have been found to be more common in people with dementia. One such change is small bleeds in the brain, called cerebral microbleeds. This study will examine the prevalence and distribution of small bleeds in the brain of people with dementia with Lewy bodies, and explore the effect on symptoms of the condition. The results of the study will improve understanding of the potential influence of cerebral microbleeds in dementia with Lewy bodies, and therefore the clinical condition and management.

Where are they now?: 

Dr Hijazi is a final year Advanced Trainee in Geriatric Medicine, based at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health as well as Austin Health where she works in the residential aged care outreach program.