IHMRI affiliation

Theme:Mental health and the ageing brain

Research focus

Dr Zoe Fitzgerald’s current research aims at targeting mild cognitive impairment and investigating impact of cognitive rehabilitation in combinations with dietary interventions, specifically anthocyanin-rich foods, in order to delay cognitive decline and onset of dementia.

Publications and funding


  • do Rosario, V., Fitzgerald, Z.T., Broyd, S. J., et al. (2020). Food anthocyanins decrease concentrations of TNF-α in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: A randomized, controlled, double blind clinical trial. Nutrition, metabolism, and cardiovascular diseases: NMCD.

  • Fitzgerald, Z., Mohamed, A., Thayer, Z., Ricci, M., & Miller, L. A. (2013). Accelerated long-term forgetting:  A newly identified memory impairment in epilepsy. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 20, pp1486-1491.

  • Fitzgerald, Z., Thayer, Z., Mohamed, A., & Miller, L. A. (2013). Examining factors related to accelerated long-term forgetting in epilepsy using ambulatory EEG monitoring. Epilepsia, 54 (5), pp819-827.

  • Fitzgerald, Z., Thayer, Z., Boserio, A., Mohamed, A., & Miller, L. (2012). Examining the role of epileptiform activity and sleep in accelerated long-term forgetting. Published in Final Program, The 2012 International Neuropsychological Society Mid-Year Meeting/11th Nordic Meeting in Neuropsychology June 27-30, 2012 Oslo, Norway. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18 (S2), pp65.

  • Boserio, J. M., Bradury, R., Thayer, Z., Fitzgerald, Z., & Mohamed, A. (2012). Sleep in partial epilepsy (PE) as compared to idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE). Published in Abstracts 10th European Congress of Epileptology, London UK, 30 September – 4 October 2012. Epilepsia, 53 (Suppl. 5), pp 128.

  • Fitzgerald, Z., Thayer, Z., Mohamed, A., & Miller, L. (2011). Accelerated long-term forgetting in epilepsy: Using ambulatory EEG monitoring to determine the pathophysiology.  Australian Psychology Society, Combined Abstracts of 2011 Psychology Conferences: Abstracts of the 17th Clinical Neuropsychology Conference, 277.

  • Fitzgerald, Z., Mohamed, A., Thayer, Z., Batchelor, J., & Miller, L. (2010). The pathophysiology of accelerated long-term forgetting in epilepsy.  Published in Abstracts International Congress of Epilepsy, Brain and Mind, Prague, March 18-20. Epilepsy & Behavior, 17, 593.

  • Neumann, D. L., Fitzgerald, Z. T., Furedy, J., Boyle, G. (2007). Sexually dimorphic effects of acute nicotine administration on arousal and visual-spatial ability in non-smoking human volunteers. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 86, 758-765.