About Us

What is Cogtale?

CogTale is a comprehensive database and repository which provides easy access to information about the results from trials in the field of cognitive interventions for older adults.

CogTale hopes to provide researchers and members of the public with clear, evidence-based information to help answer questions about cognition-oriented treatments.

With Cogtale, you can:

Perform a Literature search on topics related to cognition-oriented treatments for older adults. Information about methodological features, risk of bias and summary of results are published and easy to access for each study.

Select studies to combine to create an automatic meta-analysis and have a report sent to you with the results.

Browse our resources to find information about cognitive treatments for older adults.

CogTale is currently in a ‘pilot’ phase (Beta Release), which means that data and articles are being continuously added to the platform, and the website is subject to regular change.

Meet the CogTale team

Our team consists of leading clinical researchers located around the world, passionate about developing effective lifestyle interventions to prevent or minimise cognitive decline.

Alex Bahar-Fuchs, Ph.D.

Project Director
Deakin University, Australia

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Alex Bahar-Fuchs, Ph.D.

Alex is a neuropsychologist and researcher. His research interests include: non-pharmacological interventions aimed at primary and secondary prevention of cognitive decline and dementia.
Alex is a founding member and Chair of CIDER – an International Working Group, focused on the advancement of methodological quality of cognition-focused intervention trials for people at risk of dementia. He is also the Chair (2016-2018) of the Non-Pharmacological Interventions Professional Interest Area (PIA) of the International Society for the Advancement of Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART).

Benjamin Hampstead, Ph.D., ABPP/CN

The University of Michigan, USA

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Benjamin Hampstead, Ph.D., ABPP/CN

Benjamin is a Professor at the University of Michigan, USA.
His research interests include: neuropsychological assessment of aging, dementia, stroke, and epilepsy, cognitive effects of chronic stress/post-traumatic stress disorder, and non-pharmacologic intervention for enhancing cognitive, emotional, and everyday functioning.

Sylvie Belleville, Ph.D.

Université de Montreal, Canada

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Sylvie Belleville, Ph.D.

Dr Sylvie Belleville is a full professor in psychology at Université de Montreal and the research director of the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM).

Her research interests include: cognitive deficits in normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, subjective cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, efficacy and neuronal correlates of cognitive training, the role of virtual reality and mobile applications to measure and train real-life cognition.

Tzvi Dwolatzky, MD

Rambam Health Care, Israel

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Tzvi Dwolatzky, MD

Prof. Tzvi Dwolatzky graduated in medicine at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1979. After his initial training at the Johannesburg Academic Hospital he immigrated to Israel in 1983. From this early stage he has devoted his professional career to the field of Geriatrics and the care of the elderly. After serving as the Medical Director of the Neve Simcha Home and Hospital for the Aged in Jerusalem, he underwent formal specialist training in Geriatrics at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. On achieving his specialization degree with distinction he took the position of senior geriatrician at Shaare Zedek, and also served as a senior member of staff at the Geriatric Division of the Israel Ministry of Health. During this time he established the Memory Clinic at Shaare Zedek, and went on to develop his interest in age-associated cognitive impairment and dementia. He subsequently became the Director of the Geriatric Service and Memory Clinic at the Beersheva Mental Health Center.

Prof. Dwolatzky is the President of the Israel Geriatric Society and currently holds the position of Director of Geriatric Services at the Rambam Health Care Campus and Associate Clinical Professor in Geriatrics at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. His research interests focus primarily of the field of aging, cognition and geriatric services. He has worked to develop technologies for the assessment of cognitive decline and to promote cognitive training. He is the national coordinator of the Israel Centenarian Study, which strives to determine the lifestyle and genetic basis for healthy aging in the heterogeneous population of Israel.

Prof. Dwolatzky is the Editor of the Geriatric Section of Frontiers in Medicine.

Sharon Sanz-Simon, Ph.D.

Columbia University, USA

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Sharon is an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain and the Department of Neurology at at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons).

Sharon trained in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of São Paulo before joining Columbia University as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Prof. Yaakov Stern, where she investigates reserve & resilience factors to promote healthy cognitive aging and dementia prevention.

Sharon’s research has been focused on non-pharmacological interventions to promote brain/mental health, enhance cognition, health behaviors and quality of life in older adults, including those at risk of Alzheimer`s disease and Related Dementia (ADRD). Having conducted clinical trials in Brazil and in the US, Sharon has a particular interest in sociocultural and environmental factors that influence health behaviors and interventions, as well as disparities/inequities in mental health, aging, and dementia. 

Amit Lampit, Ph.D.

University of Melbourne, Australia

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Amit Lampit, Ph.D

Amit is a Principal Research Fellow (associate professor) with the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age and clinical neuroscientist specialising in cognitive training across the lifespan and brain disorders, clinical trials and research synthesis. He holds a dual position as Director of evidence synthesis at the National Disability Insurance Agency, and affiliated researcher at the Biostatistics & Clinical Epidemiology node at the Methods and Implementation Support for Clinical and Health research Hub (MISCH).
His research interests include: cognitive training methodology, multi-domain interventions, clinical trials, evidence synthesis and functional assessment using spatial mapping technologies. He is leading the development of CogTale’s raw data repository/individual participant data platform.

Courtney Chesser, BPsy(Hons)

Deakin University, Australia

Isabelle Burke, BA, GradDipPsychAdv

Deakin University, Australia

Advisory Board

CogTale has an advisory board consisting of clinicians, research experts in the field of cognition-oriented treatments, media personnel, and consumer representatives.

Support

CogTale is a not-for-profit project. CogTale is currently funded through a National Insitute of Health (NIH) R35 subaward. Dr. Bahar-Fuchs was previously supported by the Dementia Australia Research Foundation (formerly Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation), the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) and a Boosting Dementia Leadership Research Fellowship from the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, to establish the beta version of this platform. More funding is required to maintain and improve the existing platform and to continuously enter new content. Should you wish to provide support (one-off or ongoing) to the CogTale program, please get in touch, via our contact form.

How can I use CogTale?

Search our database and perform a meta analysis.

Want to learn more about Evidence Synthesis?

Citizen briefings: summaries of recent findings.