Prof. Cassandra Szoeke is the Director of the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project (WHAP). She led the research program in Neuro-degenerative Diseases, Mental Disorders and Brain Health at the Australian Commonwealth Science and Industry Organisation (CSIRO) and then became a Clinical Consultant to CSIRO. She has been involved as chief investigator on large Australian longitudinal studies including Australian Imaging Biomarker and Lifestyle (AIBL) study of ageing, ASPREE, MOVE and AIBLACTIVE and was the Inaugural chair of the Vascular Stream in AIBL.
Casssandra is a practising neurologist with an honours degree in Genetics and Pharmacology, MBBS and FRACP with specialisation in Neurology and sub-specialisation in Epileptology. She completed her PhD thesis in Epidemiology examining women’s healthy ageing and her post doctoral studies conducted between Stanford University and the University of Melbourne focused on cognition.
She has been in clinical research for over a decade with over 50 peer-reviewed publications, is a reviewer for national and international journals and funding bodies. She has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards for her research work. She brings together management skills with a scientific background in genetics, pharmacology, epidemiology, neurology and neuro-degenerative disorders. She is a member of the board of executive directors for the Western Health Service Network in Melbourne and Chair of the Quality and Safety and the Education, Research and Training committees.