Kristan Kang

Research Manager
Honorary Senior Lecturer

Dr Kristan Kang joined UNSW in 2008. He was a Data Manager within the School of Psychiatry and the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), and subsequently CHeBA’s Research Manager providing management and expertise in areas such as research governance & compliance, data management, and project management. He also managed the CHeBA Research Bank and Brain Donation Program. Kristan became the Senior Research Data Specialist (Health & Medical) at the Australian Research Data Commons (an NCRIS facility) in 2020 but retains an honorary appointment at UNSW and provides ongoing expertise and guidance to CHeBA.

Kristan has a diverse background, having worked in nuclear chemistry, cognitive and health sciences, academic teaching and research, crisis counselling and homelessness, information technology, and the performing arts. He has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, has co-authored numerous scientific research articles, and has been awarded grants from bodies including the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping and the National Institute of Health (USA).

Both of Kristan’s parents suffer from dementia, so he has first-hand experience as a carer and appreciates the issues related to dementia on both an academic and a personal level.

Publications

Journal articles
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Merkin AG; Medvedev ON; Sachdev PS; Tippett L; Krishnamurthi R; Mahon S; Kasabov N; Parmar P; Crawford J; Doborjeh ZG; Doborjeh MG; Kang K; Kochan NA; Bahrami H; Brodaty H; Feigin VL, 2020, 'New avenue for the Geriatric Depression Scale: Rasch transformation enhances reliability of assessment', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 264, pp. 7 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.11.100
2020
Bentvelzen AC; Crawford JD; Theobald A; Maston K; Slavin MJ; Reppermund S; Kang K; Numbers K; Brodaty H; Sachdev P; Kochan NA, 2019, 'Validation and Normative Data for the Modified Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status: The Sydney Memory and Ageing Study', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 67, pp. 2108 - 2115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16033
2019
Lipnicki DM; Trollor JN; Kochan NA; Numbers K; Kang K; Crawford JD; Brodaty H; Sachdev PS, 2019, 'Failure to identify particular odours predicts future dementia and mortality [Abstract O1-02-04]', in Alzheimer's & Dementia, Elsevier BV, Los Angeles, CA, USA, Vol. 15, pp. P195 - P196, presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 14 July 2019 - 16 July 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2019.06.4526
2019
Brodaty H; Aerts L; Crawford JD; Heffernan M; Kochan NA; Reppermund S; Kang K; Maston K; Draper B; Trollor JN; Sachdev PS, 2017, 'Operationalizing the Diagnostic Criteria for Mild Cognitive Impairment: The Salience of Objective Measures in Predicting Incident Dementia', American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 25, pp. 485 - 497, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2016.12.012
2017
Lipnicki DM; Crawford J; Kochan NA; Trollor JN; Draper B; Reppermund S; Maston K; Mather KA; Brodaty H; Sachdev PS, 2017, 'Risk Factors for Mild Cognitive Impairment, Dementia and Mortality: The Sydney Memory and Ageing Study', Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, vol. 18, pp. 388 - 395, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2016.10.014
2017
Sachdev PS; Bowden JL; Lee T; Wen W; Ames D; Baune BT; Brodaty H; Crawford J; Kang K; Mather K; Lammel A; Samaras K; Schofield PR; Thalamuthu A; Trollor JN; Wright MJ, 2016, 'The Older Australian Twins Study - findings from the first 10 years [Oral Abstract]', in Twin Research and Human Genetics, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Vol. 19, pp. 519 - 519, presented at ISTS Satellite Meeting, 20 June 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/thg.2016.66
2016
Zhang H; Sachdev PS; Wen W; Crawford JD; Brodaty H; Baune BT; Kochan NA; Slavin MJ; Reppermund S; Kang K; Trollor JN, 2016, 'The relationship between inflammatory markers and voxel-based gray matter volumes in nondemented older adults', Neurobiology of Aging, vol. 37, pp. 138 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2015.10.008
2016
Sachdev PS; Thalamuthu A; Mather KA; Ames D; Wright MJ; Wen W; Bowden J; Lee T; Brodaty H; Crawford J; Duckworth T; Kang K; Garden N; Martin N; Lemmon C, 2016, 'White Matter Hyperintensities Are under Strong Genetic Influence', Stroke, vol. 47, pp. 1422 - 1428, http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.116.012532
2016
Liddle J; Ireland D; Gustafsson L; Kang K; Reppermund S; McBride S; Lamont R; Harrison F; Pachana N; Sachdev PS; Brodaty H, 2015, 'Lifespace and people with dementia: what are the in home and community mobility issues for people with dementia? Can technology help us to understand? [Abstract A24]', in Australian Journal of Dementia, 2015 DCRC 9th Annual Forum, Sydney, Australia, Vol. 4, pp. 34 - 34, presented at 2015 DCRC 9th Annual Forum, Sydney, Australia
2015
Seeher KM; Low L-F; Reppermund S; Sachdev PS; Draper B; Trollor J; Slavin MJ; Kang K; Brodaty H, 2014, 'The development of psychological distress in informants of initially dementia-free older people: the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study [Abstract O3-09-02]', in Alzheimer's & Dementia, Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark, Vol. 10, pp. P225 - P226, presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark, 12 July 2014 - 17 July 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2014.04.318
2014
Zhang H; Sachdev PS; Wen W; Kochan NA; Crawford JD; Brodaty H; Slavin MJ; Reppermund S; Kang K; Trollor JN, 2014, Correction: Grey matter correlates of three language tests in non-demented older adults (PLoS ONE), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/annotation/2e4d150f-c396-4867-b170-e43ccff9fcd7
2014
Seeher ; Low LF; Reppermund S; Slavin M; Draper BM; Kang K; Kochan N; Trollor JN; Sachdev PS; Brodaty H, 2014, 'Correlates of psychological distress in study partners of older people with and without mild cognitive impairment (MCI) – the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study', Aging and Mental Health, vol. 18, pp. 694 - 705, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2013.875123
2014
Tsang R; Sachdev P; Reppermund S; Kochan N; Kang K; Crawford J; Wen W; Draper B; Trollor J; Slavin M; Mather K; Assareh A; Seeher K; Brodaty H, 2013, 'Sydney Memory and Ageing Study: an epidemiological cohort study of brain ageing and dementia', International Review of Psychiatry, vol. 25, pp. 711 - 725, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09540261.2013.860890
2013
Kochan N; Bunce D; Pont S; Slavin M; Reppermund S; Brodaty H; Crawford J; Mather K; Kang K; Sachdev P, 2013, 'Reaction-time measures predict incident dementia over 4 years: The Sydney Memory and Ageing Study [Abstract O3-09-03]', in Alzheimer's & Dementia, Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2013, Boston, MA, USA, Vol. 9, pp. P536 - P536, presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2013, Boston, MA, USA, 13 July 2013 - 18 July 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2013.04.287
2013
Lipnicki D; Sachdev PS; Crawford J; Reppermund S; Kochan NA; Trollor JN; Draper B; Slavin MJ; Kang K; Lux O; Mather KA; Brodaty H, 2013, 'Risk Factors for Late-Life Cognitive Decline and Variation with Age and Sex in the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study', PLoS ONE, vol. 8, pp. e65841, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0065841
2013
Sachdev P; Lipnicki D; Crawford J; Reppermund S; Kochan N; Trollor J; Wen W; Draper B; Slavin M; Kang K; Lux O; Mather K; Brodaty H, 2013, 'Factors predicting reversion from mild cognitive impairment to normal cognition: a population-based study.', PLoS One, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0059649
2013
Sachdev PS; Lee T; Wen W; Ames D; Batouli AH; Bowden J; Brodaty H; Chong E; Crawford J; Kang K; Mather K; Lammel A; Slavin MJ; Thalamuthu A; Trollor J; Wright MJ; OATS Research Team , 2013, 'The contribution of twins to the study of cognitive ageing and dementia: The Older Australian Twins Study', International Review of Psychiatry, vol. 25, pp. 738 - 747, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09540261.2013.870137
2013
Zhang H; Sachdev PS; Wen W; Kochan NA; Crawford JD; Brodaty H; Slavin MJ; Reppermund S; Kang K; Trollor JN, 2013, 'Grey matter correlates of three language tests in non-demented older adults', PLoS One, vol. 8, pp. e80215 - e80215, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0080215
2013
Sachdev PS; Brodaty H; Levitan C; Slavin MJ; Richmond RL; Kochan NA; Wen W; Kang K; Mather KA, 2013, 'The Sydney Centenarian Study: methodology and profile of centenarians and near-centenarians', International Psychogeriatrics, vol. 25, pp. 993 - 1005, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1041610213000197
2013
Zhang H; Trollor JN; Sachdev PS; Wen W; Kochan NA; Crawford J; Brodaty H; Slavin MJ; Reppermund S; Draper B; Zhu W; Kang K, 2012, 'Gray Matter Atrophy Patterns of Mild Cognitive Impairment Subtypes', Journal of the Neurological Sciences, vol. 315, pp. 26 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2011.12.011
2012
Seeher K; Brodaty H; Draper B; Kang K; Kochan N; Low LF; Reppermund S; Sachdev P; Slavin M; Trollor J, 2012, 'Psychological distress in supporters of older people with MCI [Abstract]', in Australasian Journal on Ageing, Wiley: 12 months, Brisbane, Australia, Vol. 31, pp. 52 - 52, presented at 45th National Conferenceof the Australian Association of Gerontology, Brisbane, Australia, 20 November 2012 - 23 November 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2012.00655.x
2012
Seeher K; Brodaty H; Low L-F; Reppermund S; Draper B; Kang K; Slavin M; Kochan N; Trollor J; Mather K; Sachdev P, 2012, 'To what extent does cognitive and functional decline in older persons affect the psychological well-being of cohabiting family members? [Abstract P2-335]', in Alzheimer's & Dementia, Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2012, Vancouver, Canada, Vol. 8, pp. P378 - P379, presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2012, Vancouver, Canada, 14 July 2012 - 19 July 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2012.05.1044
2012
Sachdev PS; Lipnicki D; Crawford J; Reppermund S; Kochan NA; Trollor JN; Draper B; Slavin MJ; Kang K; Lux O; Mather K; Brodaty H; Bowman A; Burns K; Broe T; Dekker J; De permentier M; Fairjones S; Fletcher JP; French T; FOster C; Nugnt-cleary-fox E; Gooi C; Harvey E; Helyer R; Hsieh S; Hughes L; Jacek S; JOhnston M; McCade D; Meeth S; Milne E; Moir A; O''Grady R; Pfaeffli K; Pose C; Reuser L; Rose A; Schofield PR; Shahnawaz Z; Sharpley A; THompson C; Queisser W; Wong S, 2012, 'Risk Profiles of Subtypes of Mild Cognitive Impairment: The Sydney Memory and Ageing Study', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 60, pp. 24 - 33, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03774.x
2012
Levitan C; Sachdev P; Brodaty H; Crawford J; Slavin M; Sidhu M; Kochan N; Richmond RL; Wen W; Kang K; Mather K; Sydney Centenarian Study Team , 2012, 'Rates of dementia amongst an exceptionally old cohort of Australians: The Sydney Centenarian Study [Abstract P1-080]', in Alzheimer's & dementia (Amsterdam, Netherlands)., Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC), Vancouver, Canada, Vol. 8, pp. P134 - P134, presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC), Vancouver, Canada, 14 July 2012 - 19 July 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2012.05.356
2012
Seeher K; Brodaty H; Low L-F; Reppermund S; Draper B; Kang K; Slavin M; Kochan N; Trollor JN; Mather K; Sachdev PS, 2012, 'Psychological distress in carers. Who gets it? A study on family members of people with MCI [Abstract Poster 29]', in National Dementia Research 6th Forum Program & Abstract Book, National Dementia Research 6th Forum, Canberra, Australia, pp. 107 - 108, presented at National Dementia Research 6th Forum, Canberra, Australia, 27 September 2012 - 28 September 2012
2012
Sachdev PS; Lipnicki D; Crawford J; Reppermund S; Kochan NA; Trollor JN; Draper B; Slavin MJ; Kang K; Lux O; Mather KA; Brodaty H, 2012, 'Risk profiles for mild cognitive impairment vary by age and sex: The sydney memory and ageing study', American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 20, pp. 854 - 865, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JGP.0b013e31825461b0
2012
Mather KA; Reppermund S; Assareh A; Crawford J; Kochan NA; Slavin MJ; Kwok J; Kang K; Trollor JN; Draper B; Schofield PR; Brodaty H; Sachdev PS, (ed.), 2011, 'Associations Between APOE ɛ4 and Instrumental Daily Activities of Living in A Community Sample of Older Adults [Abstract P1-247]', in Alzheimer's and Dementia, Elsevier, Orlando, Florida, Vol. 7, pp. S190 - S190, presented at International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease, Paris, France, 16 July 2011 - 21 July 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2011.05.527
2011
Brodaty H; Heffernan M; Kochan NA; Reppermund S; Slavin MJ; Draper B; Trollor JN; Kang K; Sachdev PS, (ed.), 2011, 'Incidence, prevalence and predictors of course of mild cognitive impairment: The Sydney Memory and Ageing Study [Abstract P3-068]', in Alzheimer's and Dementia, Elsevier, Orlando, Florida, Vol. 7, pp. S535 - S535, presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease, Paris, France, 16 July 2011 - 21 July 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2011.05.1507
2011
Reppermund S; Sachdev PS; Crawford J; Kochan NA; Slavin MJ; Kang K; Trollor JN; Draper B; Brodaty H, 2011, 'The Relationship of Neuropsychological Function to Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in Mild Cognitive Impairment', International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 26, pp. 843 - 852, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/gps.2612
2011
Zhang H; Sachdev PS; Wen W; Kochan NA; Zhu W; Crawford J; Brodaty H; Slavin MJ; Reppermund S; Kang K; Trollor JN, 2011, 'Neuroanatomical Correlates of Cognitive Performance in Late Life', Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, vol. 32, pp. 216 - 226, http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000333372
2011
Zhang H; Trollor JN; Wen W; Zhu W; Crawford J; Kochan NA; Slavin MJ; Brodaty H; Reppermund S; Kang K; Mather K; Sachdev PS, 2011, 'Grey matter atrophy of basal forebrain and hippocampus in mild cognitive impairment', Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, vol. 82, pp. 487 - 493, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jnnp.2010.217133
2011
Sachdev PS; Brodaty H; Reppermund S; Kochan NA; Trollor JN; Draper B; Slavin MJ; Crawford J; Kang K; Broe T; Mather K; Lux O, 2010, 'The Sydney Memory and Ageing Study (MAS): methodology and baseline medical and neuropsychiatric characteristics of an elderly epidemiological non-demented cohort of Australians aged 70-90 years', International Psychogeriatrics, vol. 22, pp. 1248 - 1264, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1041610210001067
2010
Mather KA; Assareh A; Kochan N; Crawford J; Kang K; Reppermund S; Trollor J; Kwok J; Draper B; Schofield P; Brodaty H; Sachdev P, 2010, 'APOE E4 carriers are associated with amnestic but not nonamnestic mild cognitive impairment in an elderly community sample [Abstract Poster P2-134]', in Alzheimer's & Dementia, Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, Vol. 6, pp. S353 - S353, presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 10 July 2010 - 15 July 2010, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2010.05.1181
2010
Zhang H; Trollor J; Wen W; Zhu W; Crawford J; Kochan NA; Mather KA; Brodaty H; Reppermund S; Kang K; Slavin MJ; Sachdev PS, 2010, 'Gray matter atrophy of basal forebrain and hippocampus in mild cognitive impairment [Abstract 304 WTh-PM]', in Proceedings of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), 16th Annual Meeting of the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Barcelona, Spain, presented at 16th Annual Meeting of the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Barcelona, Spain, 06 June 2010 - 10 June 2010
2010
Reppermund S; Sachdev PS; Crawford JD; Kochan NA; Slavin MJ; Kang K; Trollor JN; Draper B; Brodaty H, 2010, 'Instrumental activities of daily living and cognitive functioning in an aged, non-demented cohort [Abstract 023.39]', in FENS Abstracts, 7th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Vol. 5, pp. 023.39 - 023.39, presented at 7th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 03 July 2010 - 07 July 2010, http://fens2010.neurosciences.asso.fr/abstracts/R1/A023_39.html
2010
Reppermund S; Brodaty H; Crawford J; Kang K; Kochan NA; Sachdev PS, 2009, 'Activities of daily living and mild cognitive impairment: Results from the memory and ageing study [Abstract]', in Australasian Journal on Ageing, Blackwell Publishing Asia, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, Vol. 28, pp. A73 - A73, presented at 42nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Canberra, 25 November 2009 - 27 November 2009, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00397.x
2009
Wen W; Brodaty H; Kochan N; Sachdev P; Trollor JN, 2009, 'The neuroimaging component of the memory and ageing study program - the acquisition and analysis [Oral Abstract]', in Australasian Journal of Ageing, 42nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Canberra, Australia, Vol. 28, pp. A85 - A86, presented at 42nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Canberra, Australia, 25 November 2009 - 27 November 2009, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00397.x
2009
Brodaty H; Sachdev P; Reppermund S; Kochan N; Kang K; Crawford J; Slavin M; Trollor J; Draper B; Broe T; Low L, 2009, 'The Sydney Memory and Ageing Study: A prospective epidemiological survey [Oral Abstract]', in Australasian Journal on Ageing, Wiley: 12 months, Canberra, ACT, Australia, Vol. 28, pp. A46 - A46, presented at 42nd National Conference of the Australasian Association of Gerontology, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 25 November 2009 - 27 November 2009, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00397.x
2009
Kochan N; Brodaty H; Crawford J; Slavin M; Low L-F; Trollor J; Draper B; Reppermund S; Kang K; Sachdev P, 2009, 'How to define the cognitive impairment in Mild Cognitive Impairment: Comparison of different neuropsychological classification methods using data from the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study [Abstract O3-03-06]', in Alzheimer's & Dementia, Alzheimers Association International Conference (AAIC) 2009, Vienna, Austria, Vol. 5, pp. P131 - P131, presented at Alzheimers Association International Conference (AAIC) 2009, Vienna, Austria, 11 July 2009 - 16 July 2009, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2009.05.444
2009
Kochan NA; Brodaty H; Trollor JN; Draper B; Wen W; Slavin MJ; Reppermund S; Crawford J; Kang K; Broe T; Schofield P; Sachdev PS, (ed.), 2009, 'The Sydney memory and Ageing Study (MAS): A population-based longitudinal investigation of cognitive health in the elderly [Abstract P2-097]', in Alzheimers and Dementia, Elsevier, Orlando, Florida, Vol. 5, pp. P290 - P291, presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease, Chicago, USA, 11 July 2009 - 16 July 2009, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2009.04.407
2009
Kang K; Williams LM; Hermens D; Gordon E, 2005, 'Neurophysiological markers of contextual processing: The relationship between P3b and Gamma synchrony and their modulation by arousal, performance and individual differences', Cognitive Brain Research, vol. 25, pp. 472 - 483, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cogbrainres.2005.07.008
2005