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2011 Seminar Series

Speaker: Dorina Cadar

Title: Title: 'The role of health related behaviours on cognitive decline'

Date & Time: Friday 28 January- 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38


With an increase in ageing population, cognitive impairment and dementia are important challenges to public health. Since cognitive decline frequently precedes dementia it is important to understand what predicts cognitive decline and which are the influential factors across the life course.

The overall aim of this PhD is to examine the roles of multiple health behaviours (alcohol consumption, smoking, physical activity levels and fruit and vegetable intake) on cognitive decline in middle to later life. This PhD shall also examine the role of combined lifestyle behaviours on cognitive decline at one point, and the role of cumulative exposures during the life course. Using data from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (the 1946 British birth cohort), it is hoped that this project will help improve our understanding of the overall risk factors influencing cognitive decline from a lifestyle perspective and will allow our understanding of the longitudinal effects.

Dorina has a BSc in Psychology from Birkbeck College and an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience from Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, University of London.

Dorina began a 3-year MRC-funded doctoral program in October 2009, supervised by Dr Marcus Richards, Professor Gita Mishra and Dr Hynek Pikhart.

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