Osteoporosis and dementia are highly prevalent, frequently co-existing, and increasing in prevalence due to ageing of the population. Both conditions are associated with significant disability, risk of institutionalisation and increased mortality risk. Despite these severe adverse outcomes, they are poorly managed and under-treated, particularly when they co-exist.

Our team has found an early link between rapid bone loss and cognitive decline, in community-dwelling participants without dementia.

In this research project, our team will investigate the hypothesis that the association between osteoporosis and dementia starts decades before they become clinically manifest. The research project involves analyses using both cohort studies and linked administrative cohorts.

This research project will be suitable for a graduate of clinical epidemiology, data science, public health, biostatistics, mathematics and statistics. It would also be very suitable for a medical or health science graduate with some epidemiological/biostatistical experience.

The student will gain experience in modelling health-related data to understand clinically relevant outcomes that would support changes in clinical practice.

How to Apply

Express your interest in this project by emailing Professor Jacqueline Center at j.center@garvan.org.au. Include a copy of your CV and your academic transcript(s). 

School / Research Area

St Vincent’s Clinical School