Dr Ji Hyun Julia Yang

Postdoctoral Research Officer

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine
j.yang1@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 65582

Overview

Ji Hyun (Julia) completed her PhD in 2020 at the Dementia & Neuro Mental Health Research Unit at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research and currently working as a postdoctoral research officer. Key areas of her current research focus are developing state-of-the-art neuroimaging analysis techniques related to emotional and cognitive dysfunctions in older persons and those with progressive neurodegenerative disease including Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

Her primary research themes include:

1. Identification of markers and mechanisms of mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease

2. Neuroimaging biomarker and repurposed therapeutic discovery to reduce risk of dementia in Parkinson’s disease

3. Understand the neurobiology of anxiety in ageing and its role in cognition.

Research Interests

  • Understanding cognitive impairment in neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Neuroimaging biomarker to identify anxiety in dementia and Parkinson’s disease
  • Use of neuroimaging (fMRI)for drug repurposing clinical trials

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Available Projects

  • Anxiety is a common problem that can be experienced by people of all ages and it can negatively influence an individual’s overall well-being and quality of life. With a growing trend towards increased healthy life expectancy in an ageing population, there is the need to address anxiety disorders in older people. We aim to identify neuroimaging (brain scan) markers associated with anxiety in older people. In addition, we will examine the role of anxiety in cognitive functioning in older people. In your thesis project, you will learn a range of methods including conducting neuropsychological assessment, neurocognitive assessment and neuroimaging methods including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data collection and data analysis.

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Publications

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Other Outputs

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Anxiety is a common problem that can be experienced by people of all ages and it can negatively influence an individual’s overall well-being and quality of life. With a growing trend towards increased healthy life expectancy in an ageing population, there is the need to address anxiety disorders in older people. We aim to identify neuroimaging (brain scan) markers associated with anxiety in older people. In addition, we will examine the role of anxiety in cognitive functioning in older people. In your thesis project, you will learn a range of methods including conducting neuropsychological assessment, neurocognitive assessment and neuroimaging methods including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data collection and data analysis.