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Perminder S Sachdev is Professor of Neuropsychiatry, Scientia Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and Clinical Director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney. In the last five years he received an approximate total funding of $22.6 million and his work on the neuropsychological profile of vascular dementia has been influential in redefining the disorder, culminating in the recent paper on a new set of proposed (VASCOG) diagnostic criteria for vascular cognitive disorders, which he led. He showed that WM lesions begin much earlier in adult life, have a high heritable component, and WM damage may also serve as a biomarker of early decline in Alzheimer’s disease. He has established four highly influential longitudinal cohort studies: Sydney Stroke Study, Sydney Memory and Ageing Study, Older Australian Twins Study and the Sydney Centenarian Study, which continue to provide insights into cognitive ageing and dementia. He has led the development of international consortia for the study of cognitive ageing and dementia: COSMIC (COhort Studies of Memory in International Consortium) (25 studies), ICC-Dementia (International Centenarian Consortium for Dementia) (9 studies), STROKOG (Consortium of post-STROKe cOGnitive disorders) (20 studies), and actively contributes to CHARGE, ENIGMA, EUroDiscoTWINS and other consortia. He is Chief Medical Adviser to Alzheimer’s Australia. In 2009, he was awarded the Rotary Health Knowledge Dissemination Award for his book for the lay reader ‘The Yipping Tiger and other tales from the neuropsychiatric clinic’. In 2011, he was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contributions to Neuropsychiatry. He is on editorial boards of 6 international journals. Since 2011 he is a Fellow of the NHMRC Academy.

Other key investigators

  • Karen Mather, PhD, statistical geneticist

Updated on 17/11/2017


SACHDEV Perminder, MD, PhD

School of Psychiatry and Centre for Healthy Brain Aging
University of South Wales
Randwick NSW, Australia

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