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Is brain fog during menopause real?

Is brain fog during menopause real?

  Women going through menopause often report memory problems or ‘brain fog’, alongside other symptoms. In this blog I take a look at the role of fluctuating hormones and their impact on the brain, and the cognitive changes that occur during this phase of life. Menopause, symptoms and causes Menopause marks the end of a woman’s… Continue Reading

Gut-Brain Health – What Neuroscientists Are Calling “A Paradigm Shift”

Gut-Brain Health – What Neuroscientists Are Calling “A Paradigm Shift”

  The trillions of microbes that inhabit your body are collectively called the microbiome. They outnumber your own cells ten to one and weigh up to twice weight of the average human brain. Most of them live in your gut and intestines, where they help to digest food, synthesise vitamins and ward off infection. The microbiome… Continue Reading

The coffee drinker’s guide to better brain health

The coffee drinker’s guide to better brain health

Two early-morning long blacks. A lunchtime flat white (especially if I’m near a cafe). And sometimes a sneaky pick-me-up afternoon espresso. Time to come clean: that’s a typical day for me. I guess to many of you that might seem like WAY too much caffeine.  But I’m not too concerned because neuroscience shows that coffee has neuroprotective effects. Neuroscience… Continue Reading

Neuroscientist discovers global gene pool needs smart women to have babies

Neuroscientist discovers global gene pool needs smart women to have babies

Meet Dr Radha Nair-Roberts, postdoctoral researcher at the Brain Repair Group at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Wales, UK. Radha and I first met in Oxford when we both won places on the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD program in Neuroscience.  Radha’s PhD studies took her on a far more exotic journey than most – few… Continue Reading

How to become a centenarian – 9 lessons from the people who’ve lived the longest.

How to become a centenarian – 9 lessons from the people who’ve lived the longest.

  Late last year in my Meet the Neuroscientists interview series, I spoke to Charlene Levitan who studies centenarians for the Sydney Centenarian Study.  Her research has revealed that only about 30% of longevity is determined by our genes. As Dr Levitan pointed out: We can’t choose our parents, but we can choose our lifestyle.… Continue Reading

Uncovering the secrets to successful ageing with Dr Charlene Levitan

Uncovering the secrets to successful ageing with Dr Charlene Levitan

Dr Charlene Levitan from the University of New South Wales heads the Sydney Centenarian Study. She studies that exceptional group of people in our community who live to be 100 years or older. Dr Levitan’s work hopes to uncover the genetic and environmental determinants to successful ageing. I spoke to Dr Levitan about her passions, whether… Continue Reading

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