Research Volunteers Wanted: ACTIVate Study

The ACTIVate Study investigates how different lifestyle patterns affect thinking ability and brain function in older adults aged 60-70years.

The outcome of this study be an app that will allow older people to tailor their ‘best day’ – estimate what combination of activity, diet and sleep will give them the best chance to reduce the risk of dementia.Stylised colour brain

This project is led at the University of Newcastle by Professor Frini Karayanidis, and is a collaboration with the University of South Australia.

We are seeking adults aged 60-70 yrs with

  • a range of different lifestyles, eating habits and sleep patterns
  • with or without cardiovascular risk factors, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.

You may be eligible for this study, if you:

  • Are 60-70 years old
  • Do not have a current diagnosis of dementia
  • Are interested in participating over a 3 year period

What will you be asked to do?

Testing will be conducted at the University of Newcastle (two visits of approx. 3.5 hrs each) and the HMRI Imaging Centre (one visit of approx. 1 hr)Image of brain and head scan

Parking is available at both sites.

For further information please contact

Karen Wilson on 4055-7575 or email

This study is approved by UniSA University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics Protocol 202639), and is registered with the University of Newcastle Human Research Ethics Committee (H-2019-0421).

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