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Dr David White

Senior Research Fellow

Biography

Dr David White is a Research Fellow at Swinburne’s Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, where he has been involved in a range of clinical trials exploring the neurocognitive effects of nutritional and nutraceutical interventions in healthy adults and at-risk aging populations.

Dr White’s research utilises a range of neuroimaging methods (EEG, MRI and MEG) to understand optimal brain function and explore potential mechanisms by which interventions may enhance neurocognitive health in at-risk or compromised populations (including neurofeedback, nutritional and nutraceutical interventions).

In his PhD research, Dr White explored non-invasive recording techniques to study an aspect of human brain activity linked with memory known as the theta rhythm.

Research interests

Nutrition; Neuroscience; Psychopharmacology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Risk-factors for age-related cognitive decline: A number of projects exist exploring the role of lifestyle factors, cardiovascular function, oxidative stress, inflammatory markers and the gut microbiome in age-related cognitive decline and neurocognitive health, as assessed by structural, neurochemical and functional neuroimaging methods.

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Neurofeedback in the modulation of cognitive and motor skill performance: Neurofeedback offers a non-invasive method for training changes in brain activity. This research explores the feasibility and functional outcomes associated with trained alterations in aspects of brain electrical activity recorded from the scalp (EEG) on aspects of cognitive and motor performance.

Risk-factors for age-related cognitive decline: A number of projects exist exploring the role of lifestyle factors, cardiovascular function, oxidative stress, inflammatory markers and the gut microbiome in age-related cognitive decline and neurocognitive health, as assessed by structural, neurochemical and functional neuroimaging methods.

Fields of Research

  • Neurosciences - 110900
  • Cognitive Sciences - 170200
  • Nutrition And Dietetics - 111100

Teaching areas

Neuroscience;Psychopharmacology

Awards

  • 2007, National, Australian Postgraduate Award, Swinburne University

Publications

Also published as: White, David; White, D.; White, D. J.; White, David J.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2016: Effects of 4 weeks supplementation with a multi-vitamin/mineral preparation on neurocognitive function: A randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled trialBABE 3 *; Bayer Consumer Care AG
  • 2013: Controlled Trials in 'At Risk' Humans to Establish the Cognitive Benefits of a Nutrient Mixture and Underlying Mechanisms of Action - the Cognitive Aging, Nutrition and Neurogenesis (C.A.N.N.) trial. *; Centre for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (CNLM) Grand Challenge Grant App 2013
  • 2012: The Neurocognitive Effects of Lacprodan PL-20 in Elderly Participants with Age-Associated Memory Impairment *; Arla Foods Ingredients Group P / S (Denmark)
  • 2011: Using Neurofeedback to improve mood, cognition in depression and dementia - a pilot study *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant

* Chief Investigator


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