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Cassandra Szoeke

Cassandra Szoeke

Director, Associate Professor
University of Melbourne


Cassandra Szoeke brings together high level management and communication skills with expertise in teaching and health. She has worked in the commonwealth science organization, public hospital system and for the Department of Health. She has held teaching roles in several academic institutions and specialist colleges. She is currently the Director of the Healthy Ageing Program, Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at Monash University. She led the research program in Neurodegenerative Diseases, Mental Disorders and Brain Health at the Australian Commonwealth Science and Industry Organization (CSIRO) and then became a Clinical Consultant to CSIRO. She has been involved in the establishment of several major Australian collaborative studies (ASPREE, START and AIBL), sat on the executive scientific board of the Australian Imaging Biomarker and Lifestyle study of ageing (AIBL) from 2008 to 2014, and was the Inaugural Chair of the Vascular Stream. She has significant experience in governance and formal training including being a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She served on the board of executive directors for the Western Health Service Network, employed by the Victorian Minister for Health. In this role, she was Chair of both the Quality and Safety and the Education and Research Board subcommittees.

Research Interest

Neurodegenerative Diseases, Mental Disorders, Brain Health Genetics, Pharmacology, Epidemiology, women's healthy ageing and Public Health and Policy