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Prof. Nicola Lautenschlager

Academic, Psychiatry

Expert on old age, conducting preventative clinical research on cognitive decline


Nicola Lautenschlager graduated in human medicine in 1993 and received her postgraduate degree (MD) in 1994 from the Technical University in Munich (TUM), Germany, her postgraduate clinical training in 2000 and received the Bavarian fellowship in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. She took up a position as Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry at the University of Western Australia and since her arrival in Perth, she has initiated or participated in clinical research projects on various topics with a current focus on health promotion and preventative strategies in Old Age Psychiatry.


Vigorous exercise may reduce Alzheimer's risk
ABC News

September 18, 2015

Vigorous physical activity could reduce the number of Alzheimer's cases by up to 30 per cent, according to Professor Nicola Lautenschlager at The University of Melbourne. She calls the benefits to be gained from getting some sweat on your brow 'massive'...

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Associations of neighborhood environment with brain imaging outcomes in the AIBL cohort.
Alzheimer's & Dementia

2016"Walkable" neighborhoods offer older adults opportunities for activities that may benefit cognition-related biological mechanisms. These have not previously been examined in this context.

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International Psychogeriatrics Paper of the year 2015: the use of modern technology to tackle an old challenge - improving the diagnosis of delirium in the hospital setting.
International Psychogeriatrics.

2016In 2014, International Psychogeriatrics (IPG) for the first time introduced a "paper of the month" category as part of the 25th year's milestone celebrations. Papers of the month were chosen through an internal selection process by the IPG editorial team. Each month, the seven editors ranked suitable accepted papers from the categories "original research articles" and "reviews" according to scientific quality and clinical relevance. Each paper of the month was accompanied by a brief commentary written by one of the IPG editors, one of the reviewers for the paper, or an international expert on the specific topic of the paper. From the 12 papers of the month, an IPG paper of the year was selected after a ranking process involving three independent expert reviewers.

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Road safety in an aging population: risk factors, assessment, interventions, and future directions.
International Psychogeriatrics

2016With the number of older drivers projected to increase by up to 70% over the next 20 years, preventing injury resulting from crashes involving older drivers is a significant concern for both policy-makers and clinicians. While the total number of fatal crashes per annum has steadily decreased since 2005 in Australia, the rate of fatalities has demonstrated an upward trend since 2010 in drivers aged 65 years and above (8.5 per 100,000), such that it is now on par with the fatality rate in drivers aged 17-25 years (8.0 per 100,000) (Austroads, 2015). Similar statistics are reported for the United States (NHTSA, 2012), implying there is a need for better identification of those older drivers who are unsafe and implementation of strategies that can enhance mobility while maximizing road safety.

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Area of Expertise

Alzheimer's Disease

Cognitive Reserve


Mental Health in Older Adults

Mild Cognitive Impairment

Prevention of Cognitive Decline




Health and Wellness

Health Care - Facilities

Health Care - Providers

Health Care - Services

Hardware (not computer)


Technical University in Munich (TUM) : Human Medicine

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