Dr Nicolas Cherbuin

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BA (Hons) PhD

DCRC role / affiliation

DCRC-EDP, Principal Investigator

Other roles / affiliations

NHMRC Research Fellow, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, ANU


Nicolas's main interests relate to the investigation of genetic, environmental, health, lifestyle, and personality factors which influence brain structure and plasticity throughout the lifespan but particularly in ageing populations and to study how cerebral structure and changes in structure relate to cognition and degenerative diseases.

To research these questions he uses manual and semi-automated methods to measure and describe brain structures on MRI scans as well as to visualise 3D models of individual brains. The associations between these and other measures (e.g. memory, clinical diagnoses, age, handedness) is subsequently investigated using typical statistical packages or specialised software.

Another research focus is the early screening and identification of individuals at risk of cognitive impairment and dementia as well as the identification of associated risk and protective factors.

This research is partly conducted in collaboration with the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres (DCRC) and Alzheimers Australia.

Nicolas also has a keen interest in cerebral lateralisation and handedness.