Supervisor(s): Dr. Kenneth Rockwood
David completed a PhD in 2015 at the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania (Hobart, Australia), on modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for later-life cognitive decline. After two years working as a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre (Hobart, Australia), David completed a two-year postdoctoral research position at Population Health Sciences, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (Bonn, Germany). In this position, David investigated the viability of retinal biomarkers of cognitive functioning, among other topics. David joined GMR in October 2019, where he is seeking to improve our understanding of why frailty increases the risk of dementia. He is particularly interested in how frailty impacts the expression of dementia from the presence of other underlying risk factors (e.g. genetic makeup) or brain changes (e.g. neuropathological burden).