Shawn Dexiao Kong


Forefront Group: Healthy Brain Ageing Program


Professor Sharon Naismith, Dr. Camilla Hoyos, A/Prof. Craig Phillips, Dr Andrew McKinnon and A/Prof. Christopher Gordon

Affiliate Organisations:

Brain and Mind Centre, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Charles Perkins Centre


  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Heart rate variability
  • Structural and functional brain integrity

Neurodegeneration of interest:

Alzheimer’s disease, sleep, ageing, mild cognitive impairment

Specific Skills:

  • Physiology
  • Brain imaging

Project - To examine autonomic function during sleep, via heart rate variability, in older adults at risk of dementia, and how nocturnal autonomic function is linked to the morphological and functional integrity of the brain

Disease area:

Dementia, Ageing

Key Publications from this project

Shawn D X Kong, Camilla M Hoyos, Craig L Phillips, Andrew C McKinnon, Pinghsiu Lin, Shantel L Duffy, Loren Mowszowski, Haley M LaMonica, Ronald R Grunstein, Sharon L Naismith, Christopher J Gordon, Altered heart rate variability during sleep in mild cognitive impairment, Sleep, Volume 44, Issue 4, April 2021, zsaa232,