Kimberley Stuart

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Kimberley Stuart

Research Fellow
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre

Room 421-03 (Level 4) , Medical Science 1

+61 3 6226 4286 (phone)

Kimberley Stuart is a Research Fellow and Project Coordinator of the Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. Kimberley is interested in investigating risk and protective factors of cognitive decline and dementia.


Before being appointed Project Coordinator of the Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project in 2017, Kimberley completed a PhD at Wicking under the supervision of Prof James Vickers and A/Prof Anna King. Following her PhD, Kimberley obtained a position as a Lecturer for the Bachelor of Dementia Care.

Career summary


  • PhD, University of Tasmania, 2016. Thesis: Environmental enrichment for healthy and Alzheimer’s disease-associated pathological ageing
  • BSc (Psych Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia, 2012

Administrative expertise

  • Managing a large research project


Teaching expertise

Lecturer for the Bachelor of Dementia Care: CAD101, Introduction to Ageing, the Brain and Dementia

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  • Age-related cognitive decline
  • Dementia
  • Non-pharmacological interventions
  • Behavioural studies in mice
  • Microscopy

Research Themes

Kimberley’s research aligns with the University’s research theme of better health. Her research interests include how genetic variations influence cognitive function in ageing, preventing age-related cognitive decline and dementia through non-pharmacological interventions, and examining biomarkers of cognitive health and dysfunction.


Kimberley Stuart is collaborating with researchers from the Menzies Research Institute and from the Division of Psychology to obtain a cross-disciplinary approach to the Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project.

Current projects

Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project (NHMRC funded project)

Fields of Research

  • Behavioural neuroscience (520202)
  • Central nervous system (320903)
  • Geriatrics and gerontology (320210)
  • Continuing and community education (390301)
  • Neurology and neuromuscular diseases (320905)
  • Primary health care (420319)
  • Psychology of ageing (520106)
  • Cellular nervous system (320902)

Research Objectives

  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Health related to ageing (200502)
  • Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions (200101)
  • Treatment of human diseases and conditions (200105)
  • Expanding knowledge in psychology (280121)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences (280103)


Kimberley Stuart is on the Editorial Board for the Journal Scientific Reports.

Total publications


Journal Article

(10 outputs)
2020Fulopova B, Stuart KE, Bennett W, Bindoff A, King AE, et al., 'Regional differences in beta amyloid plaque deposition and variable response to midlife environmental enrichment in the cortex of APP/PS1 mice', Journal of Comparative Neurology pp. 1-14. ISSN 0021-9967 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/cne.25060 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Fulopova B; Bennett W; Bindoff A; King AE; Vickers JC; Canty AJ


2020Jayakody O, Breslin M, Stuart K, Vickers JC, Callisaya ML, 'The associations between dual-task walking under three different interference conditions and cognitive function', Gait and Posture, 82 pp. 174-180. ISSN 0966-6362 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2020.08.113 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Jayakody O; Breslin M; Vickers JC; Callisaya ML


2020Stuart KE, Padgett C, 'A systematic review of the association between psychological stress and dementia risk in humans', Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 78, (1) pp. 335-352. ISSN 1387-2877 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3233/JAD-191096 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Padgett C


2019Stuart KE, King AE, King NE, Collins JM, Vickers JC, et al., 'Late-life environmental enrichment preserves short-term memory and may attenuate microglia in male APP/PS1 mice', Neuroscience, 408 pp. 282-292. ISSN 0306-4522 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2019.04.015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: King AE; King NE; Collins JM; Vickers JC; Ziebell JM


2018Felmingham KL, Zuj DV, Hsu KCM, Nicholson E, Palmer MA, et al., 'The BDNF Val66Met polymorphism moderates the relationship between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and fear extinction learning', Psychoneuroendocrinology, 91 pp. 142-148. ISSN 0306-4530 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.03.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 23

Co-authors: Felmingham KL; Zuj DV; Nicholson E; Palmer MA; Vickers JC


2017Imlach A, Ward DD, Stuart KE, Summers MJ, Valenzuela MJ, et al., 'Age is no barrier: predictors of academic success in older learners', npj Science of Learning, 2 Article 13. ISSN 2056-7936 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41539-017-0014-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Imlach A; Ward DD; Summers MJ; King AE; Saunders NL; Summers J; Srikanth VK; Robinson A; Vickers JC


2017Stuart KE, King AE, Fernandez-Martos CM, Dittmann J, Summers MJ, et al., 'Mid-life environmental enrichment increases synaptic density in CA1 in a mouse model of Aβ-associated pathology and positively influences synaptic and cognitive health in healthy ageing', Journal of Comparative Neurology, 525, (8) pp. 1797-1810. ISSN 0021-9967 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/cne.24156 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: King AE; Fernandez-Martos CM; Dittmann J; Summers MJ; Vickers JC


2017Stuart KE, King AE, Fernandez-Martos CM, Summers MJ, Vickers JC, 'Environmental novelty exacerbates stress hormones and Aβ pathology in an Alzheimer's model', Scientific Reports, 7, (1) Article 2764. ISSN 2045-2322 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-03016-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: King AE; Fernandez-Martos CM; Summers MJ; Vickers JC


2014Stuart K, Summers MJ, Valenzuela MJ, Vickers JC, 'BDNF and COMT polymorphisms have a limited association with episodic memory performance or engagement in complex cognitive activity in healthy older adults', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 110 pp. 1-7. ISSN 1074-7427 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nlm.2014.01.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Summers MJ; Vickers JC


2014Ward DD, Summers MJ, Saunders NLJ, Janssen P, Stuart KE, et al., 'APOE and BDNF Val66Met polymorphisms combine to influence episodic memory function in older adults', Behavioural Brain Research, 271 pp. 309-315. ISSN 0166-4328 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2014.06.022 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 39Web of Science - 36

Co-authors: Ward DD; Summers MJ; Saunders NLJ; Vickers JC


Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
2022Alty J, Salmon K, Lawler K, McDonald S, Stuart K, et al., 'The ISLAND clinic: first year outcomes of a new state-wide one-stop' cognitive clinic in Tasmania', ADRF - Australian Dementia Research Forum, 30-31 May 2022, Online (2022) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Alty J; Salmon K; Lawler K; McDonald S; Cleary A; Beaumont M; Radfar N; Collins J; Ma WJ; King A; Vickers J


2019Alty J, Bindoff A, Stuart K, Klekociuk S, Vickers J, 'Cognitive reserve in the baseline data of Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project: No effect of age or interaction with gender', The fourth annual NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) Australian Dementia Forum, 13-14 June, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Alty J; Bindoff A; Klekociuk S; Vickers J


2016Woodhouse A, Stuart Kimberley, Vickers J, 'Poster 375 - Increased intrinsic excitability of cortical pyramidal neurons in healthy aging', Australasian Neuroscience Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2016, 4-7 December, Hobart, Tasmania (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Woodhouse A; Vickers J

Grants & Funding

The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project is funded by the NHMRC.

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



A cognitive-mobility stress test to improve the prediction of dementia (2018)$9,185
The project is of local, national and global importance as the number of people with dementia is set to double in Australia and worldwide over the next 20-30 years. Locally, with Tasmanias ageing population, we will have one of the largest proportion of people with dementia. Early detection with simple, inexpensive and sensitive biomarkers (like the proposed cognitive-mobility test) would lead to earlier management and better outcomes.
University of Tasmania ($9,185)
Grant- Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Callisaya M; Vickers JC; Stuart K