Dr Emilio Werden
BA(Hons), PhD (Neuropsychology)

Emilio is an early career researcher and manager of the Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience & Vascular Neurodegeneration Labs at The Florey.

He graduated in 2016 with a PhD in Neuropsychology from the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne. He was the first PhD student in the Department to be awarded the prestigious Sylvia and Charles Viertel Dementia PhD Research Scholarship by Alzheimer’s Australia. His PhD research examined cognition in middle-aged people with a parental history of probable Alzheimer’s disease, with an emphasis on arbitrary associative memory. His current research at The Florey focuses on the examination of cognitive and brain volumetric trajectories after ischaemic stroke and vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia.

He has received several awards for his research at The Florey, including the Vascular Cognitive Disorders Society Early Career Researcher Award (2014), Austin Health Early Career Researcher Award (2016), Stroke Society of Australasia Peter Bladin Early Career Researcher Award (2017), and Florey Postdoctoral Association Best Paper Award (2018).

He is also a co-investigator on a Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Grant (2017), which seeks to determine whether exercise after stroke improves cerebral perfusion and protects against brain atrophy. He has established collaborations with national and international research groups and is currently a member of STROKOG (Stroke and Cognition Consortium), an international consortium to enable a better understanding of the determinants of vascular contributions to cognitive disorders.  Emilio has 10 peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals (e.g., NeuroImage: Clinical, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry), including a first author publication in Neurology, and is a reviewer for the International Journal of Stroke.

He regularly presents at national and international conferences and symposia. He currently co-supervises a PhD Student at the University of Melbourne, whose research is investigating sleep and circadian rhythm disruptions after stroke.

  • Location

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Austin
    245 Burgundy Street
    Heidelberg
    VIC 3084

Awards and achievements

2008  Sylvia and Charles Viertel Dementia PhD Research Scholarship (Alzheimer’s Australia)
2014 Vascular Cognitive Disorders Society Early Career Researcher Award
2016 Austin Health Early Career Researcher Award
2017 Stroke Society of Australia Peter Bladin Early Career Researcher Award
2018 Florey Postdoctoral Association Best Paper Award

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