Dr Hamid Sohrabi
Director of the Centre for Healthy Ageing – Associate Professor of Psychology and Clinical Neurosciences
Place of work / study:
Area of Research:
My research is focussed on screening and clinical diagnostic measures as well as identifying dementia risk factors and resilience and resisting factors including cognitive reserve.
How is your work funded?
Governments, pharma, private and not-for-profit organisations.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I grew up and completed most of my education in Iran before moving to Australia with my wife and kids, in 2004. I completed my PhD in 2010 and since then have been involved in dementia research. Currently, I am the Director of the Centre for Healthy Ageing at Murdoch University, Western Australia. My research is on dementia measures as well as prevention, treatment, and care at different stages of the disease. I am involved in several dementia-related national and international projects. I am also the co-chair of the Organising Committee for the International Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy Conference (Perth 2022), as well as being the Western Australia Representative and Council Member of the Australasian Neuroscience Society. I also sit on the Reserve, Resilience and Protective Factors PIA.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
When I am free, I love to do some work around the house, such as painting, fixing things or gardening! However, I tend to overdo such stuff ending up with not as good of a result as I expect. As an example, once I tightened the hinges of a fence gate so well that my wife was not able to open it!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
My interest in studying memory and its disorders goes back to 1990s when I was completing my Masters degree in clinical psychology. However, my involvement in dementia research commenced in early 2006 when I started my PhD project focussing on genetic, psychological and lifestyle factors increasing the risk of dementia in older adults. Since then, I have made this a mission to do research that has translational value for those with dementia and their carers.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Work hard and never give-up! If you spend enough time on preparing your submission, you are giving yourself the favour of not submitting for a second or third time!
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
A Matter of Death and Life by Irvin D. Yalom and Marilyn Yalom; also recommend it!