Our lab’s vision is to develop an interdisciplinary approach to dementia research and care. Dementia is a complex condition that crosses a number of clinical and scientific disciplines. We understand that a strong, multifaceted approach is required to make a significant impact in dementia research.

This includes having a long-term coordinated approach to research.

The focus of our lab is to:

  • improve dementia diagnosis using novel and established biomarkers
  • investigate midlife risk factors that may better inform prevention strategies
  • establish and support dementia cohorts
  • facilitate investigator-led clinical trials
  • support and develop access to dementia research for regional and rural Australians
  • investigate and address caregiver needs
  • mentor the next generation of dementia clinical researchers



Selected publications from A/Prof Rosie Watson

1. Chin KS, Gajamange S, Desmond P, Villemange VV, Rowe C, Churilov L, Yassi N, Watson R. Association between amyloid-beta deposition and cortical thickness in dementia with Lewy bodies. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. PMID: please insert

2. Hijazi Z, Yassi N, O’Brien, JT, Watson R. 2021 The influence of cerebrovascular disease in dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia. European Journal of Neurology. 2021. PMID: please insert

3. Chin KS, Yassi N, Churilov L, Masters CL, Watson R. Prevalence and clinical associations of tau in Lewy body dementias: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. 2020. 80:184-193 PMID: 33260030

4. Yassi N, Hilal S, Xia Y, Lim YY, Watson R, Kuijf H, et al. Influence of Comorbidity of Cerebrovascular Disease and Amyloid-beta on Alzheimer’s Disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2020;73(3):897-907. PMID: please insert

5. Colloby SJ*, Watson R*, Blamire A.M, O’Brien JT, Taylor JP. Cortical thinning in dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson disease dementia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2020. 54(6):633-643. PMID: Please insert *Joint first author

6. Chin KS, Teodorczuk A and Watson R. Dementia with Lewy bodies: challenges in the diagnosis and management. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2019. 53(4):291-303 PMID: 30848660

7. Watson R, Colloby SJ, Blamire AM, O’Brien JT. Subcortical volume changes in dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer’s disease. A comparison with healthy aging. International Psychogeriatrics. 2016. 28(4):529-36. PMID: please insert

8. LoGiudice D and Watson R. Dementia in Older People: An Update. Internal Medicine Journal. 2014. 44(11):1066-73. PMID: please insert

9. Watson R, Blamire AM, Colloby SJ, Wood JS, Barber R, He J, O’Brien JT. Characterizing dementia with Lewy bodies by means of diffusion tensor imaging. Neurology. 2012. 79(9):906-14. PMID: please insert

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