Researcher

Doctor Claire Burley

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Biography

I am interested in healthy ageing, measures of brain health, dementia risk factors and prevention strategies, and improving care for people living with dementia, using person-centred, non-pharmacological interventions. I am particularly interested in physical and cognitive activity, lifespan learning and nutrition.

Our research:

Our research group is focusing on behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia (BPSD). We are...view more

I am interested in healthy ageing, measures of brain health, dementia risk factors and prevention strategies, and improving care for people living with dementia, using person-centred, non-pharmacological interventions. I am particularly interested in physical and cognitive activity, lifespan learning and nutrition.

Our research:

Our research group is focusing on behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia (BPSD). We are investigating innovative implementation of evidence-based approaches towards reducing BPSD in care facilities and the community. We are particularly interested in psychosocial approaches involving person-centred care (PCC). These may include increased movement/ physical activity, cognitive stimulation, social interaction and/or nutrition and supplementation approaches. We are also focused on improving clinical practice and guidelines.

BPSD Special Interest Group:

The BPSD special interest group started in early 2019 and has over 100 members from diverse backgrounds including people living with dementia, family members, care providers, government, health professionals and researchers. In 2019 we had our first roundtable discussion at the Australian Dementia Forum, Hobart and met for our first workshop (with over 100 attendees) in Sydney. In 2020 the subgroup 'Anxiety and Depression in Dementia Research' BPSD subgroup was formulated in collaboration with the University of Queensland.

Please email c.burley@unsw.edu.au to find out more information. Examples of areas for discussion include approaches towards preventing and/ or improving BPSD (e.g. depression, agitation, sleep disturbances, etc.), care staff education and training, appropriate terminology, patients’ and families’ roles in determining care plan approaches and managing BPSD, measuring BPSD symptoms and brain health, etc. 

Aims of BPSD interest group:

1. To foster research into prevention and management

2. To encourage research implementation

3. To encourage collaboration in research and implementation between people living with dementia, families and care partners, service providers, government and policy makers and researchers

4. To provide a forum for discussion

Knowledge Translation (KT):

We are interested in knowledge translation (KT) from basic science to clinical practice. This includes recongnizing gaps in current clinical guidelines and determining actions required to fill these gaps, such as ongoing and thorough review of the developing scientific literature, in addition to the development of new research studies.

UNSW team, collaborators and associated groups

Prof Henry Brodaty, Dr Tiffany Jessop, Kim Burns

CHeBA, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing

DCRC- CBCR, Capacity Building in Care Research

DCRC- IRNDP, International Research Network on Dementia Prevention         

NeuRA, Neuroscience Research Australia

NHMRC, National Health and Medical Research Council   

NNIDR, National Institute for Dementia Research

QUT, Queensland University of Technology    

UQ, University of Queensland


My Grants

Birmingham-Nottingham Strategic Collaboration Fund - named researcher (2018)


My Qualifications

PhD A Multimodal Investigation of Brain Health: Cerebral Blood Flow, Cognitive Performance and Quality of Life; University of Birmingham, UK

MSc Clinical Neuroscience; University College London, UK

PhD Psychology (with industrial placement, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust); Loughborough University, UK


My Awards

The Physiological Society Travel Award (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Birmingham College LES Travel Award (2015, 2017, 2018)

Guarantors of Brain Grant (2017)

Universitas 21 Scholarship (2016)

CANTAB Cambridge Cognition Research Grant UK Prize (2016)

Birmingham Travel Scholarship (2015)

 

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Contact

+61 (2) 9385 2609
+61 (0) 403 804 907

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by Doctor Claire Burley