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Dr Barbara R Cardoso is a nutritional biochemist with a Masters and a PhD from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and international experience attained from research appointments in Brazil and Spain. She has developed breakthrough studies that combine her skills in nutrition, clinical trials, analytical chemistry, proteomics and molecular biology to unravel the biochemistry of selenium and its implications in age-associated cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. She has also interest in investigating the intake of nuts as a dietary strategy to slow age-associated cognitive decline.   

Education/Academic qualification

Science / Nutrition, PhD, Universidade de Sao Paulo

Nutrition, Bachelor degree, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Human Applied Nutrition, Master's, Universidade de Sao Paulo

Clinical nutrition, Post-graduate course, Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul

External positions

Honorary Appointment, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Research area keywords

  • selenium
  • age-associated cognitive decline
  • dementia
  • minerals
  • Micronutrient

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Research Output 2010 2019

Expanding beyond ICP-MS to better understand selenium biochemistry

R Cardoso, B., Ganio, K. & Roberts, B. R., 1 Dec 2019, In : Metallomics. 11, 12, p. 1974-1983 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Greater circulating copper concentrations and copper/zinc ratios are associated with lower psychological distress, but not cognitive performance in a sample of australian older adults

Mravunac, M., Szymlek-Gay, E. A., Daly, R. M., Roberts, B. R., Formica, M., Gianoudis, J., O'connell, S. L., Nowson, C. A. & Cardoso, B. R., 1 Oct 2019, In : Nutrients. 11, 10, 14 p., 2503.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Health outcomes of iron supplementation and/or food fortification in iron-replete children aged 4-24 months: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis

Hare, D. J., Braat, S., Cardoso, B. R., Morgan, C., Szymlek-Gay, E. A. & Biggs, B. A., 1 Nov 2019, In : Systematic Reviews. 8, 1, 10 p., 253.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)

Supranutritional Sodium Selenate Supplementation Delivers Selenium to the Central Nervous System: Results from a Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial in Alzheimer’s Disease

Cardoso, B. R., Roberts, B. R., Malpas, C. B., Vivash, L., Genc, S., Saling, M. M., Desmond, P., Steward, C., Hicks, R. J., Callahan, J., Brodtmann, A., Collins, S., Macfarlane, S., Corcoran, N. M., Hovens, C. M., Velakoulis, D., O’Brien, T. J., Hare, D. J. & Bush, A. I., 15 Jan 2019, In : Neurotherapeutics. 16, 1, p. 192-202 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

13 Citations (Scopus)

Melatonin induces mechanisms of brain resilience against neurodegeneration

Corpas, R., Griñán-Ferré, C., Palomera-Ávalos, V., Porquet, D., García de Frutos, P., Franciscato Cozzolino, S. M., Rodríguez-Farré, E., Pallàs, M., Sanfeliu, C. & Cardoso, B. R., 1 Nov 2018, In : Journal of Pineal Research. 65, 4, 15 p., e12515.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship

Barbara Cardoso (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

CASS Foundation Travel Award

Barbara Cardoso (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Florey Postdoc Association Training Award

Barbara Cardoso (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Lightening Talks

Barbara Cardoso (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Masters Fellowship

Barbara Cardoso (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Competitive Fellowships