nicola gates author

Dr Nicola Gates’ first book is the hugely popular and best seller A Brain for Life. Her second book will be published in 2019. She writes for popular media promoting brain and mind health and well-being including The SMH, Prevention Magazine, Fitness First, HRMonthly, Womankind and NSW Law Society Journal. She also edits and contributes to research and scientific journals and has over thirty peer reviewed and internationally recognised papers.

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A Brain for Life

A Brain for Life, combines the latest evidence regarding life-style and mind-style for dementia prevention.  The book is easy to read and filled with case studies and practical strategies to optimise total health and wellbeing. Published by ABC Books June 2016, e-book, and any all good bookstore. In Dymmocks top ten non-fiction for over 8 weeks, second print in October 2016 and the best selling book at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Managing menopause: boosting brain, mind and body

Dr Gates’ second book, to be released in June 2019 by Harper Collins, investigates the brain and mind changes of the menopause transition to make sense of brain fog, memory lapses and mood changes. It contains the latest research and provides a perfect road map through this phase of a woman’s life as well as practical strategies to manage symptoms and boost wellbeing.



Dementia at work Law Society Journal November 2017

Brain fitness Womankind 13th Issue 2017

Learn to appreciate your emotional tapestry Law Society Journal 39 November 2017

A toast to your health Womankind 12th Issue 2017

How to make healthy choices a habit Law Society Journal May 33 2017

The hysteria trap Womankind 4th Issue 2016

Mindful not mindless drinking Law Society Journal Issue August 2016

What you need to know about dementia Over Sixty July 2016

Will you die well? Law Society Journal Issue June 2016

Power of pause Law Society 2016

Why learning is brain food. Law Society Journal Issue September 2015

We’re not prepared for rise in dementia in the workplace Sydney Morning Herald Monday June 8 2015

The truth about multi-tasking Law Society Journal Issue 12 June 2015

The power of connection Law Society Journal Issue 10 April 2015

The lowdown on menopause Law Society Journal Issue 9 March 2015

Exercise and cognitive function in older adults
In Diet and Exercise in Cognitive Function and Neurological Diseases. 2015 Wiley Blackwell

Legal minds and dementia Law Society Journal Issue 6 November Edition 2014

Cognitive decline in the workplace HRMonthly Magazine December / January December Edition 2014- 2015

Exercise: get moving to build a better brain Pigeonhole Magazine November Edition 2014

Food for brain and mind Pigeonhole Magazine August 2014

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Dr Nicola Gates continues to conduct research and has over thirty peer reviewed and internationally recognised and cited academic publications since 2010.  She is involved in ongoing research and is a conjoint lecturer at UNSW School of Medicine.

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