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RCH Co~30

Research project

Brain, cognition, mental health and functional outcomes in Type 1 diabetes – ~thirty year follow-up of the Royal Children’s Hospital Cohort

What is the project about? 

We are conducting research examining the impact of Type 1 Diabetes on long-term brain, cognitive, mental health and functional outcomes. In order to interpret our results, we need to compare the outcomes of our Type 1 Diabetes participants with a group of healthy individuals of similar age. We are looking for adults who are happy to be part of this healthy control group! 

Who can take part? 

Individuals who are: 
  • aged between 28 – 44 years 
  • willing to attend a one off assessment appointment at MCRI (approximately 3.5 hours)

Who cannot take part? 

Individuals with: 
  • a history of neurological illness 
  • history of brain injury 
  • current chronic illness  

What will I be asked to do? 

  • Complete a short questionnaire asking questions about your education, employment history, physical and mental health and living circumstances 
  • Complete a set of 4 computer tasks used to measure cognitive skills such as attention, memory and decision-making
  • Complete a test of general ability administered by trained study personnel assessing language skills and visual problem solving 
  • Undergo a brain MRI scan at Royal Children’s Hospital. This will take approximately 45 minutes. 

We will reimburse you $100 for your time in order to participate in this project. We will also give you a certificate to give to your employer stating that you are attending MCRI for the purposes of medical research.

How can I find out more?

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr Amy Brown:
Phone: (03) 99366036  Email:
Associate Prof Elisabeth Northam, Study Coordinator