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There are currently no treatments which can prevent or slow the progression of decline in neurodegenerative diseases. In Huntington's disease, a devastating neurodegenerative disease which usually comes on in mid-life, converging evidence indicates that exercise is a lifestyle factor with exciting potential to delay symptom onset. My research, which is supported by the Huntington's Disease Society of America under the Human Biology Grant scheme, is aimed at investigating exercise and brain stimulation as modifiers of brain plasticity in Huntington's disease, that might be effective in slowing or delaying progression in this disease.

I am a clinical neuropsychologist and research fellow working in the Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (StoutLab) at Monash University. I completed a Doctorate of Clinical Neuropsychology at Monash University in 2013. My doctoral research examined the neurobiological underpinnings of social cognitive difficulties in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder using neurobehavioural and neurophysiological techniques (transcranial magnetic stimulation and electroencephalogram).

I also work on studies investigating social cognitive deficits in a number of progressive neurological disorders (such as Motor Neuron Disease and Parkinson's disease), and the impact of these deficits on psychosocial functioning.

In 2013-2014, I worked as a clinical neuropsychologist at the Alfred Hospital and Calvary Healthcare Bethlehem.

Research area keywords

  • dementia
  • neurodegenerative disease
  • huntington's disease
  • exercise
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • brain stimulation

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Projects 2016 2019

Research Output 2011 2019

Apathy Associated with Impaired Recognition of Happy Facial Expressions in Huntington's Disease

Osborne-Crowley, K., Andrews, S. C., Labuschagne, I., Nair, A., Scahill, R., Craufurd, D., Tabrizi, S. J., Stout, J. C. & and the Track On-HD Investigators, 1 May 2019, In : Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 25, 5, p. 453-461 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cognitive Fitness to Drive in Huntington's Disease: Assessing the Clinical Utility of DriveSafe DriveAware

Farrell, H. J., Andrews, S. C., Ryan, N. P., Davis, M. C., Gordon, S., Stout, J. C. & Fisher, F., 13 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Huntington's Disease. 8, 1, p. 87-95 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Intensity Matters: High-intensity Interval Exercise Enhances Motor Cortex Plasticity More Than Moderate Exercise

Andrews, S. C., Curtin, D., Hawi, Z., Wongtrakun, J., Stout, J. C. & Coxon, J. P., 1 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Cerebral Cortex. 12 p., bhz075.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

MSH3 modifies somatic instability and disease severity in Huntington's and myotonic dystrophy type 1

Flower, M., Lomeikaite, V., Ciosi, M., Cumming, S., Morales, F., Lo, K., Hensman Moss, D., Jones, L., Holmans, P., TRACK-HD Investigators, OPTIMISTIC Consortium, Monckton, D. G. & Tabrizi, S. J., Jul 2019, In : Brain. 142, 7, p. 1876-1886 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Diminished facial EMG responses to disgusting scenes and happy and fearful faces in Huntington's disease

Kordsachia, C. C., Labuschagne, I., Andrews, S. C. & Stout, J. C., 1 Sep 2018, In : Cortex. 106, p. 185-199 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review