Derya Durusu Emek-Savaş, PhD

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
Trinity College Dublin

Home Country: Turkey
Field of Employment: Psychology & Neuroscience
Key Areas: neurodegenerative diseases, neuroimaging biomarkers, neuropsychology, cognitive training

I am fascinated with the brain plasticity. I have a strong passion and focus on effective interventions for preventing cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

Derya Durusu Emek-Savaş is a neuroscientist interested in cognitive interventions with potential to prevent or delay cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease. Her research interests are focused on improving the early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and preventing or delaying cognitive impairment in healthy aged population. She has a particular interest in the use of neuroimaging biomarkers for the early detection and diagnosis of dementia and also for monitoring disease progression and/or treatment effectiveness.

Emek-Savaş is committed to creating effective interventions for people with cognitive impairment that will help restore their cognitive abilities and prevent further decline. Through her work at GBHI, she hopes to develop and use computerized cognitive training programs as an intervention for people with cognitive impairment and for the prevention of cognitive decline in the aging population. Her work will draw from her experience as a neuropsychologist and her training in neuroscience and cognitive rehabilitation.

Like the rest of the world, the elderly population is significantly increasing in Turkey, and health care professionals are not prepared to meet the challenges of this change. New policies that will improve health care and long-term care for the aging population, aid people to remain healthy and active in later life, and provide the necessary care and support for patients with dementia and their caregivers are needed. Emek-Savaş believes the Atlantic Fellows Program at GBHI will provide her the knowledge and skills to help overcome this challenge and implement change.

Bio: Derya Durusu Emek-Savaş is an assistant professor of psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Neurosciences at Dokuz Eylul University. She completed her bachelor degree in psychology. She holds a MSc degree in clinical neuroscience and a PhD in basic neuroscience. She has worked on several research projects regarding Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson’s disease and physiological aging. During this time, she had extensive knowledge and background on the assessment of several neuropsychological tests in both clinic and in clinical trials as well as using neuroimaging techniques such as EEG and MRI.