International research collaborations to improve public health in built environments

Ester Cerin, program leader of the Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR) at ACU, has been awarded more than $680,000 as part of a United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI)-NHMRC collaborative grant to study neighbourhood impacts on cognitive health.

The project will link environmental data to existing studies in Australia and the UK to further understand how the built environment, natural environment, air pollution, and noise impact on cognitive decline and the risk of dementia in older adults from both countries.

Professor Cerin will work with Professor Fiona Matthews from Newcastle University in the UK who was awarded more than £430,000 from the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The project, Environment and Pollution On Cognitive Health (EPOCH): Building the knowledge base through international collaboration, will be funded for three years.

The EPOCH project team includes experts from four Australian universities (ACU, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales and University of Queensland) and two UK universities (Newcastle University and King’s College).

They will work together to build valuable data for future generations of researchers looking at complex issues in the environment-cognition area.

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