The Australia Alzheimer’s Research Foundation would like to congratulate Dr Stephanie Rainey-Smith who was recently awarded the WA Tall Poppy Science Award for her work to reduce the burden of chronic disease in Australia, specifically Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr Rainey-Smith is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University (ECU). In 2018 she published world-first research that showed following a Mediterranean diet can significantly delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by modifying markers of brain health.

Dr Rainey-Smith is also researching the important role sleep and exercise play in moderating the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. In 2018 she published another world-first study showing that people with particular genetic variations are susceptible to high levels of a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease if they experience poor sleep.

Dr Rainey-Smith, is now developing an intervention study examining how improved sleep maintains healthy brain aging. The study is being conducted at the Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation’s facilities at the Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute in Nedlands.

Congratulations Stephanie!