Dr Alexandra M. Hogan

Mr Alex Shipolini

The Think-Tank seminar series

Fixing hearts and protecting minds: advances into the investigation of neurocognition in cardiac surgical patients


Dr Alexandra M. Hogan, PhD MBBS, Honorary Senior Lecturer: UCL Institute of Child Health and Barts & The London / Queen Mary, University of London

Mr Alex Shipolini, FRCS, FRCS, Clinical Senior Lecturer: Barts & The London / Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Francesca Cormack, PhD, Research Fellow: MRC Cognition & Brain Unit, University of Cambridge

Date and time

12:00 - 1:00pm, 28 September 2012


We aim to give an overview of evidence and present some of our own data investigating this interesting but complex subject from three perspectives:

  1. Cognitive outcome after coronary artery bypass surgery in older adults - meta-analysis evidence to challenge widely held beliefs. 
  2. Shifting the research focus from post-operative outcome to include pre-existing cognitive vulnerability - cardiovascular risk factors associated with cognitive deficit. 
  3. Cardiac defects in the very young - developing sensitive research techniques to promote further investigation of neurocognition in vulnerable populations.