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Jessica Beilharz

PhD candidate, UNSW

My PhD investigates how diets high in fat and sugar affect memory, what mechanisms are involved and novel interventions to prevent and reverse these memory deficits.


  • –present
    PhD candidate, UNSW Australia


  • 2012 
    UNSW Australia, B. Psychology (Hons)


  • 2016
    The effect of short-term exposure to energy-matched diets enriched in fat or sugar on memory, gut microbiota and markers of brain inflammation and plasticity., Brain, Behavior and Immunity
  • 2016
    Short-term exposure to a diet high in fat and sugar, or liquid sugar, selectively impairs hippocampal-dependent memory, with differential impacts on inflammation., Behavioural brain research
  • 2015
    Why is obesity such a problem in the 21st century? The intersection of palatable food, cues and reward pathways, stress, and cognition., Neurosci Biobehav Rev.
  • 2015
    Diet-Induced Cognitive Deficits: The Role of Fat and Sugar, Potential Mechanisms and Nutritional Interventions., Nutrients
  • 2014
    Maltodextrin can produce similar metabolic and cognitive effects to those of sucrose in the rat., Appetite
  • 2014
    Short exposure to a diet rich in both fat and sugar or sugar alone impairs place, but not object recognition memory in rats., Brain, Behavior and Immunity