MRI detection of changes in prefrontal network connectivity in Mild Cognitive Impairment and early Alzheimer's dementia

Occurring Dates: 
05/07/2019 to 01/11/2019
Participant Duration: 
3-4 hours
State of study: 

Participants aged 65 years and older who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia within the past 2 years are being sought to participate in a pilot study to identify imaging markers for dementia.

Using cutting edge magnetic resonance imaging brain scanning techniques, the study aims to identify changes in brain connectivity and function that appear before the appearance of changes in cognitive function (such as memory) that signal the emergence of dementia. This study extends on previous work by Associate Professor Matthew Summers and his team in isolating a cluster of neuropsychological impairments that are associated with increase risk for developing Alzheimer's dementia within 3 years.

All volunteers will be screened for eligibility to undergo MRI brain scanning. Eligible participants will undergo formal neuropsychological examination (approximately 2-3 hours duration) followed by MRI brain scanning (approximately 1 hour duration). All participants receive a written report of their individual neuropsychological results from Associate Professor Summers.

Further Information: 

For further information or to express an interest in participating, please contact Associate Professor Mathew Summers on (07) 5456 3758 or by email ( The study takes place at the Sunshine Coast Mind & Neuroscience - Thompson Institute (University of the Sunshine Coast), located in Birtinya on the Sunshine Coast.

This study has full ethics approval from the University of the Sunshine Coast Human Research Ethics Committee (Project A181181) and complies with NHRMC Human Research Guidelines.

Study Address: 
Sunshine Coast Mind & Neuroscience - Thompson Institute University of the Sunshine Coast 12 Innovation Parkway Birtinya QLD 4575
Full Name: 
Mathew Summers
Sunshine Coast Mind & Neuroscience - Thompson Institute
Phone Number: 
(07) 5456 3758