Erica Tilley

Over 12,000 patients undergo cardiovascular surgery in Australia every year, with older patients increasingly undergoing these procedures. There is limited current evidence suggesting that these patients are more vulnerable to cognitive decline. My research investigates the short and long-term cognitive effects of cardiovascular surgeries in the older population, and what biomarkers (olfaction, gait speed, rate of eye-blinking and electroencephalogram/EEG power spectrum) predict response.
Supervisors: Dr Hannah Keage and Dr Tobias Loetscher