About Us

Research Group

University of Melbourne Research Team

Associate Professor Julia Sarant

Associate Professor Julia Sarant

Dr Julia Sarant is an audiologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. She has been conducting research and working clinically with adults and children with hearing loss for over 30 years, and is an international leader in the field of hearing loss and cognitive decline in older adults with hearing loss.  Julia leads the Hearing Loss and Cognition research program which is investigating whether treatment of hearing loss with either cochlear implants or hearing aids can delay cognitive decline. The program also includes investigation of other co-morbidities of hearing loss in adults.

Manasi Canagasabey

Manasi Canagasabey

Manasi is a Research Assistant in the remediation of hearing loss and cognition study team, working with Associate Professor Julia Sarant. Her research focus is looking into the relationship between aiding hearing loss and cognitive function in ageing Australians. Mani also currently works at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Cochlear Implant Clinic as a clinical cochlear implant Audiologist. Her focus is in aiding significant hearing losses, and working with people to help them communicate and function independently to the best of their ability.

Dr. Grace Nixon

Dr. Grace Nixon

Grace is an early career researcher, having completed her PhD in 2020 which focused on the relationship between hearing loss, auditory processing and cognitive function in older Australians. She is a lecturer in the field of Clinical Audiology, in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology. Grace also works as a general diagnostic and auditory processing disorders clinician at the University of Melbourne Audiology Clinic.

Jocelyn Phillips

Jocelyn Phillips

Jocelyn is a Research Assistant in the hearing loss and cognition team, focusing on the relationship between hearing aids and cognitive decline. She is a PhD candidate within the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, and is an Audiologist in The University of Melbourne Audiology Clinic with a particular interest in paediatric audiology.

Patrick Bowers

Patrick Bowers

Patrick is an Audiologist and Research Assistant in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology. He currently works on research looking at cognition and related factors in ageing Australians with hearing levels typical of their age, as well as those who wear hearing aids. Patrick also teaches in the Master of Clinical Audiology and works clinically as a paediatric Audiologist in the University of Melbourne Audiology clinic.

Dr. Julien Zanin

Dr. Julien Zanin

Dr. Julien Zanin is an audiologist and has been working as a clinician, researcher and educator at the University of Melbourne since 2014. He has recently completed his PhD, which was focused on the potential applications of novel diffusion MRI techniques to investigate lesion sites in individuals with auditory neuropathy. Dr Zanin has a particular interest in the areas of auditory neuroscience, aural rehabilitation, and hearing access equality.

Contact us

Julia - T: +61 3 9035 5325  E: jsarant@unimelb.edu.au

Manasi - T: +61 3 9035 7499  E: manasi.canagasabey@unimelb.edu.au

Grace - T: +61 3 8344 6499   E: nixong@unimelb.edu.au

Jocelyn - T: +61 3 8344 7252 E: jocelyn.phillips@unimelb.edu.au

Patrick - T: +61 3 8344 3956 E: patrick.bowers@unimelb.edu.au

Julien - T: +61 3 8344 5303  E: Julien.zanin@unimelb.edu.au

We are located in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, 550 Swanston St, Carlton

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