PROF Cassandra Szoeke

PROF Cassandra Szoeke


  • Healthy ageing (Public health)
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Women's health



  • Prof. Cassandra Szoeke is the Director of the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project (WHAP).  She led the research program in Neurodegenerative 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 practicing neurologist with an honours degree in Genetics and Pharmacology, MBBS and FRACP with specialisation in Neurology and subspecialisation 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 focussed 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 neurodegenrative 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. 

     Full list of publications available on



Member of

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors. Member 2012 -
  • American Association of Neurology. Member 2009 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurology. Member 2002 -
  • Australian Medical Association. Member 2000 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • NHMRC Career Development Award Level 2
    Barbara Grossman Award
    NHMRC Clinical Research Australian Fellowship.
    Alzheimer's Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dementia.
    Collier Charitable Fund 
    The Scobie & Claire MacKinnon Trust 
    The Brain Foundation 
    NHMRC Project Grant 
    J.O. & J.R. Wicking Trust
    Ramaciotti Foundation 
    Bayer Health Care
    Mason Grant   


Education and training

  • GAICD, Australian Institute of Company Directors 2014
  • BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne 2000
  • MBBS, Flinders University of South Australia 2000
  • FRACP, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians 2000
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2000
  • Post Doc, Stanford University 2000

Awards and honors

  • Unknown, 2014
  • CEPAR Scholarship, Centre for Excellence in Population Ageing research, 2012
  • Leadership Award,The Benevolent Society, 2012
  • Barbara Grossman Award, Australasian Menopause Society, 2012
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2011
  • Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute of Policy and Science, 2011
  • Robert B. Greenblatt Prize for the best clinical paper in menopausal research, International Menopause Society., 2009
  • Epilepsy Society of Australia., UCB Epilepsy Fellowship Award, 2009
  • NHMRC Clinical Fellowship, 2009
  • Bio21 Board of Australia, Bio21 Fellowship in Pharmacogenomics, Duke University, NC., 2007
  • Royal Australian College of Physicians., Quintilies Post Doc Fellowship, Stanford Uni, 2007., 2007
  • Neuroscience Board of Australia, New Investigator Award, 2006
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2002


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Available PhD opportunities can be found in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Handbook.

    Research Programs are also available on the WHAP website.

    Projects involve the unique opportunity to work on an Australian dataset with midlife and late-life data collected (over 20 years) from midlife to late life.  Major streams of research include:-

    Vascular Health
    Morbidity and Quality of Life
    Women's Health