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Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Psychology

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2009

Biography

I am a researcher and clinician specializing in the field of cognitive ageing. My early work furthered our understanding of olfactory cognitive processes and their relevance to the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

More recently, my research interests have broadened and include the development, evaluation and synthesis of non-pharmacological interventions aimed at primary and secondary prevention of cognitive decline and dementia, often using emerging technologies.. I obtained my BA in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology from Ben-Gurion University in Israel, and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology here at the University of Melbourne. I then completed a PhD in clinical neuropsychology at Monash University along with all requirements of an MA in clinical neuropsychology. I completed postdoctoral training at the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health, and Wellbeing at the Australian National University. Between July 2014 and December 2016, I was based at the Joseph Sagol Centre for Neuroscience at Sheba Medical Centre, Israel, as part of an NHMRC Overseas-Based Clinical Early Career Fellowship. In 2017, I was awarded a Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council. I am a founding member and Chair of CIDER - an International Working Group, focused on the advancement of methodological quality of cognition-focused intervention trials for people at risk of dementia. I am also the Chair (2016-2019) of the Non-Pharmacological Interventions Professional Interest Area (PIA) of the International Society for the Advancement of Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART).

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Biography summary

Alex is a clinician-researcher trained as a clinical neuropsychologist and specializing in the field of cognitive ageing. After completing his undergraduate training in Psychology at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, he obtained his postgraduate and postdoctoral qualifications at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Australian National University. He joined the School of Psychology at Deakin University in 2023, while holding an honorary appointment as A/Prof in the Department of Psychiatry and School of Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Alex’s earlier research focused on early detection of cognitive decline and dementia, with a particular focus on the role of olfactory processes. Since 2011, his research has mainly focused on the development, evaluation and synthesis of non-pharmacological interventions aimed at primary and secondary prevention of cognitive decline and dementia. He is one of the most cited researchers globally on cognitive training in dementia and his synthesis of the evidence for cognitive training for people with dementia has had an impact on clinical practice guidelines in Australia and in the UK. His work has been funded by the Australian NHMRC, Dementia Australia, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the NIH. Between 2016 and 2019 he served as the Chair of the nonpharmacological interventions Professional Interest Area of the ISTAART (the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment). Since 2021, he co-chairs the Cognitive Interventions Working Group of ADNeT (the Australian Dementia Network). He also continues working in private practice where he supports clients with or at risk of dementia and their families.

Media appearances

Aug 17th 2022 “Melbourne researchers trialling new approaches to depression and dementia” Article published in Aged Care News”. https://agedcarenews.com.au/2022/08/16/we-are-really-at-the-turning-point-melb-researchers-trialing-new-approaches-to-depression-and-dementia/ 

May 18th 2022 “The 29,000 younger Australians living with dementia are getting lost between disability services and aged care”. Article published in The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/the-29-000-younger-australians-living-with-dementia-are-getting-lost-between-disability-services-and-aged-care-183115 

November 11 2021 “Our older Aussies are using video-gaming to help with “cognitive elasticity” and potentially ward off dementia” Interview given to Aged Care News reporter Bianca Roberts.

February 11 2021 “Smell loss and smell training in ageing”. Interview given for ABC Radio Newcastle, Drive with Paul Turton.  https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newcastle/programs/drive/

February 11 2021 “Smell loss and smell training in ageing”. Interview given for ABC Radio Tasmania, Mornings with Piia Wirsu.  https://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/mornings/mornings/13124060 (from 2h:15m)

April 8th 2020 “Training your brain in lockdown”. Article published in the University of Melbourne Pursuit Magazine. 

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/training-your-brain-in-lockdown

August 12th 2019 “Maintain your brain: can you stave off dementia with brain training?” Interview given for ABC Radio National, Health Report with Dr Norman Swan.  

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/brain-training-can-you-stave-off-dementia/11405756

March 25th 2019 “Smell training and your brain”. Interview given for ABC Radio National, Health Report with Dr Norman Swan.  https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/smell-training-and-your-brain/10936068

March 14th 2019 “An Impaired Sense of Smell can signal cognitive decline, but ‘smell training’ could help. Article published in The Conversation.

https://theconversation.com/an-impaired-sense-of-smell-can-signal-cognitive-decline-but-smell-training-could-help-107606

February 15th 2019 “An unusual "smell training" program to help improve brain function has been launched in Melbourne” Video story on Channel 9 News. https://www.9news.com.au/2019/02/15/18/30/melbourne-news-sniff-school-helps-older-australians-with-memory-loss 

August 4th 2017 “Dementia and its prevention”. Interview on 3zzz Radio Melbourne (In Hebrew). http://www.3zzz.com.au/audiofiles/3ZZZ_2017-08-04_15-00-00.mp3/ (From Minute 27:00)  

February 29th 2016. “The benefits of computerised cognitive training for older diabetic adults”. Interview at Israel’s Channel 10 “Healthy Life” program (in Hebrew)

http://lifestyle.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleID=1177852 (From Min 29:20)

September 14th 2015. “Brain training: What works (and what doesn’t)”. Interview given for ABC Radio National, Health Report with Dr Norman Swan. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/brain-training-what-works-and-what-doesnt/6774608 

March 21st 2014. “Games helping to treat dementia development”. Video story on Channel 9’s A Current Affair. 

March 10th 2014. “ANU researcher Alex Bahar-Fuchs tackles dementia puzzle.” Article in the Canberra Times newspaper. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/anu-researcher-alex-baharfuchs-tackles-dementia-puzzle-20140309-34fl0.html

Publications

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2023

Cognitive rehabilitation for people with mild to moderate dementia

A Kudlicka, A Martyr, A Bahar-Fuchs, J Sabates, B Woods, L Clare

(2023), Vol. 2023, pp. 1-95, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The Associations Between Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Cognition in People with Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

J Sabates, W Chiu, S Loi, A Lampit, H Gavelin, T Chong, N Launder, A Goh, A Brodtmann, N Lautenschlager, A Bahar-Fuchs

(2023), pp. 1-17, Neuropsychology Review, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article
2022

Age of Symptom Onset and Longitudinal Course of Sporadic Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Vascular Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

S Day, S Roberts, N Launder, A Goh, B Draper, A Bahar-Fuchs, S Loi, K Laver, A Withall, M Cations

(2022), Vol. 85, pp. 1819-1833, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Cognition-oriented treatments for older adults: A systematic review of the influence of depression and self-efficacy individual differences factors

S Webb, D Birney, V Loh, S Walker, A Lampit, A Bahar-Fuchs

(2022), Vol. 32, pp. 1193-1229, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, England, C1

journal article

Exercise interventions to reduce anxiety in mid-life and late-life anxiety disorders and subthreshold anxiety disorder: a systematic review

Terence Chong, Scherazad Kootar, Helen Wilding, Sarah Berriman, Eleanor Curran, Kay Cox, Alex Bahar-Fuchs, Ruth Peters, Kaarin Anstey, Christina Bryant, Nicola Lautenschlager

(2022), Vol. 12, pp. 1-14, Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2021

Cognitively oriented treatments in dementia

A Bahar-Fuchs, L Mowszowski, N Lautenschlager, K Cox

(2021), pp. 15-34, Dementia rehabilitation : evidence-based interventions and clinical recommendations, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Toward a theory-based specification of non-pharmacological treatments in aging and dementia: Focused reviews and methodological recommendations

S Sikkes, Y Tang, R Jutten, L Wesselman, L Turkstra, H Brodaty, L Clare, E Cassidy-Eagle, K Cox, G Chételat, S Dautricourt, K Dhana, H Dodge, R Dröes, B Hampstead, T Holland, A Lampit, K Laver, A Lutz, N Lautenschlager, S McCurry, F Meiland, M Morris, K Mueller, R Peters, G Ridel, A Spector, J van der Steen, J Tamplin, Z Thompson, A Bahar-Fuchs

(2021), Vol. 17, pp. 255-270, Alzheimer's and Dementia, United States, C1

journal article

CogTale: an online platform for the evaluation, synthesis, and dissemination of evidence from cognitive interventions studies

J Sabates, S Belleville, M Castellani, T Dwolatzky, B Hampstead, A Lampit, S Simon, K Anstey, B Goodenough, S Mancuso, D Marques, R Sinnott, A Bahar-Fuchs

(2021), Vol. 10, pp. 236-, Systematic Reviews, England, C1

journal article

Combined physical and cognitive training for older adults with and without cognitive impairment: A systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

H Gavelin, C Dong, R Minkov, A Bahar-Fuchs, K Ellis, N Lautenschlager, M Mellow, A Wade, A Smith, C Finke, S Krohn, A Lampit

(2021), Vol. 66, pp. 101232-101232, Ageing Research Reviews, England, C1

journal article
2020

Computerized cognitive training for older adults at higher dementia risk due to diabetes: Findings from a randomized controlled trial

A Bahar-Fuchs, M Barendse, R Bloom, R Ravona-Springer, A Heymann, H Dabush, L Bar, S Slater-Barkan, Y Rassovsky, M Schnaider Beeri

(2020), Vol. 75, pp. 747-754, Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, United States, C1-1

journal article

Cognition-Oriented Treatments for Older Adults: a Systematic Overview of Systematic Reviews

H Gavelin, A Lampit, H Hallock, J Sabatés, A Bahar-Fuchs

(2020), Vol. 30, pp. 167-193, Neuropsychology Review, United States, C1

journal article

The design, evaluation, and reporting on non-pharmacological, cognition-oriented treatments for older adults: Results of a survey of experts

S Simon, M Castellani, S Belleville, T Dwolatzky, B Hampstead, A Bahar-Fuchs

(2020), Vol. 6, pp. e12024-, Alzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions, United States, C1

journal article
2019

Cognitive training for people with mild to moderate dementia

A Bahar-Fuchs, A Martyr, A Goh, J Sabates, L Clare

(2019), Vol. 2019, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, England, C1

journal article

Perspectives on ethnic and racial disparities in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias: Update and areas of immediate need

G Babulal, Y Quiroz, B Albensi, E Arenaza-Urquijo, A Astell, C Babiloni, A Bahar-Fuchs, J Bell, G Bowman, A Brickman, G Chételat, C Ciro, A Cohen, P Dilworth-Anderson, H Dodge, S Dreux, S Edland, A Esbensen, L Evered, M Ewers, K Fargo, J Fortea, H Gonzalez, D Gustafson, E Head, J Hendrix, S Hofer, L Johnson, R Jutten, K Kilborn, K Lanctôt, J Manly, R Martins, M Mielke, M Morris, M Murray, E Oh, M Parra, R Rissman, C Roe, O Santos, N Scarmeas, L Schneider, N Schupf, S Sikkes, H Snyder, H Sohrabi, Y Stern, A Strydom, Y Tang, G Terrera, C Teunissen, D Melo van Lent, M Weinborn, L Wesselman, D Wilcock, H Zetterberg, S O'Bryant

(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 292-312, Alzheimer's and Dementia, United States, C1-1

journal article

Cognitive rehabilitation for people with mild to moderate dementia

A Kudlicka, A Martyr, A Bahar-Fuchs, B Woods, L Clare

(2019), Vol. 2019, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, C1

journal article
2018

Cognitive training for people with mild to moderate dementia

A Bahar-Fuchs, A Martyr, A Goh, J Sabates, L Clare

(2018), Vol. 2018, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, C1

journal article

Virtual reality-based cognitive-motor training for middle-aged adults at high Alzheimer's disease risk: A randomized controlled trial

G Doniger, M Beeri, A Bahar-Fuchs, A Gottlieb, A Tkachov, H Kenan, A Livny, Y Bahat, H Sharon, O Ben-Gal, M Cohen, G Zeilig, M Plotnik

(2018), Vol. 4, pp. 118-129, Alzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions, United States, C1-1

journal article
2017

Tailored and Adaptive Computerized Cognitive Training in Older Adults at Risk for Dementia: A Randomized Controlled Trial

A Bahar-Fuchs, S Webb, L Bartsch, L Clare, G Rebok, N Cherbuin, K Anstey

(2017), Vol. 60, pp. 889-911, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Computerized cognitive training for older diabetic adults at risk of dementia: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

R Bloom, M Schnaider-Beeri, R Ravona-Springer, A Heymann, H Dabush, L Bar, S Slater, Y Rassovsky, A Bahar-Fuchs

(2017), Vol. 3, pp. 636-650, Alzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions, United States, C1-1

journal article
2015

INTERVENTIONS TO PREVENT COGNITIVE DECLINE AND DEMENTIA IN ADULTS WITHOUT COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

J Barnett, A Bahar-Fuchs, N Cherbuin, P Herath, K Anstey

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 1-8, The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease, Switzerland, C1-1

journal article

Aβ imaging with 18F-florbetaben in prodromal Alzheimer's disease: A prospective outcome study

K Ong, V Villemagne, A Bahar-Fuchs, F Lamb, N Langdon, A Catafau, A Stephens, J Seibyl, L Dinkelborg, C Reininger, B Putz, B Rohde, C Masters, C Rowe

(2015), Vol. 86, pp. 431-436, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, England, C1-1

journal article

Body brain life: A randomized controlled trial of an online dementia risk reduction intervention in middle-aged adults at risk of Alzheimer's disease

K Anstey, A Bahar-Fuchs, P Herath, S Kim, R Burns, G Rebok, N Cherbuin

(2015), Vol. 1, pp. 72-80, Alzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions, United States, C1-1

journal article
2013

A 12-week multidomain intervention versus active control to reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

K Anstey, A Bahar-Fuchs, P Herath, G Rebok, N Cherbuin

(2013), Vol. 14, Trials, England, C1-1

journal article

18F-florbetaben Ab imaging in mild cognitive impairment

K Ong, V Villemagne, A Bahar-Fuchs, F Lamb, G Chételat, P Raniga, R Mulligan, O Salvado, B Putz, K Roth, C Masters, C Reininger, C Rowe

(2013), Vol. 5, Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, England, C1-1

journal article

Cognitive training and cognitive rehabilitation for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia

A Bahar-Fuchs, L Clare, B Woods

(2013), Vol. 2013, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, England, C1-1

journal article

Prediction of amyloid-β pathology in amnestic mild cognitive impairment with neuropsychological tests

A Bahar-Fuchs, V Villemagne, K Ong, G Chetélat, F Lamb, C Reininger, M Woodward, C Rowe

(2013), Vol. 33, pp. 451-462, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Cognitive training and cognitive rehabilitation for persons with mild to moderate dementia of the Alzheimer's or vascular type: A review

A Bahar-Fuchs, L Clare, B Woods

(2013), Vol. 5, pp. 35-35, Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, England, C1-1

journal article
2011

Awareness of olfactory deficits in healthy aging, amnestic mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease

A Bahar-Fuchs, S Moss, C Rowe, G Savage

(2011), Vol. 23, pp. 1097-1106, International Psychogeriatrics, England, C1-1

journal article
2010

Olfactory performance in AD, aMCI, and healthy ageing: A unirhinal approach

A Bahar-Fuchs, S Moss, C Rowe, G Savage

(2010), Vol. 35, pp. 855-862, Chemical Senses, England, C1-1

journal article

Can i smell gas (or is it lilac)? Olfactory semantic deficits in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease

A Bahar-Fuchs, S Moss, C Rowe, G Savage

(2010), Vol. 3, pp. 118-128, Chemosensory Perception, C1-1

journal article

Olfactory deficits and amyloid-β burden in Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, and healthy aging: A PiB PET study

A Bahar-Fuchs, G Chételat, V Villemagne, S Moss, K Pike, C Masters, C Rowe, G Savage

(2010), Vol. 22, pp. 1081-1087, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2009

The Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) study of aging: Methodology and baseline characteristics of 1112 individuals recruited for a longitudinal study of Alzheimer's disease

K Ellis, A Bush, D Darby, D De Fazio, J Foster, P Hudson, N Lautenschlager, N Lenzo, R Martins, P Maruff, C Masters, A Milner, K Pike, C Rowe, G Savage, C Szoeke, K Taddei, V Villemagne, M Woodward, D Ames, O Acosta, J Ames, M Agarwal, A Bahar-Fuchs, D Baxendale, K Bechta-Metti, C Bevage, L Bevege, P Bourgeat, B Brown, R Clarnette, T Cowie, K Crowley, A Currie, D El-Sheikh, K Dickinson, M Farrow, N Faux, J Fripp, C Fowler, V Gupta, G Jones, J Khoo, A Killedar, N Killeen, W Tae, E Kotsopoulos, R Lachovitzki, Q Li, X Liang, K Lucas, J Lui, G Martins, C Montague, L Moore, A Muir, C O'Halloran, G O'Keefe, A Panayiotou, A Paton, J Paton, J Peiffer, S Pejoska, K Pertile, L Porter, R Price, P Raniga, G Rees, A Rembach, M Rimajova, P Robins, E Ronsisvalle, R Rumble, M Rodrigues, O Salvado, J Sach, M Samuel, G Sittironnarit, T Taddei, D Trivedi, B Trounson, M Tsikkos, S Walker, V Ward, O Yastrubetskaya

(2009), Vol. 21, pp. 672-687, International Psychogeriatrics, England, C1-1

journal article
2008

Factors influencing outcome after orthopedic trauma

J Ponsford, B Hill, M Karamitsios, A Bahar-Fuchs

(2008), Vol. 64, pp. 1001-1009, Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care, United States, C1-1

journal article
2007

Alcohol and drug use following traumatic brain injury: A prospective study

J Ponsford, R Whelan-Goodinson, A Bahar-Fuchs

(2007), Vol. 21, pp. 1385-1392, Brain Injury, England, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Mind Your Nose Trial

Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs

Alzheimer's Association (US) Research Grant

  • 2023: $126,791

Research Program on Cognition and Neuromodulation Based Interventions (RP-CNBI)

Benjamin Hampstead, Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs

NIH Grant - Research - National Institutes of Health

  • 2024: $105,623
  • 2023: $66,762

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report