Didem Öz is a neurologist interested in brain health, behavioural neurology, dementia and electrophysiology. This work includes the exploration of dementia, differential diagnosis of cognitive disorders, and highlighting the underdiagnosed situations such as behavioural problems, functional limitations, disability, social isolation, later life depression and caregiver burnout which are often inadequately treated in primary care. With her special interest in neuroimaging and electroencephalography (EEG), Didem aims to focus on early diagnosis of dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) by further developing EEG models and defining new MRI volumetry features robusted by other biomarkers for discriminating dementia from healthy ageing and also MCI.
With a progressively ageing population in Turkey, it becomes increasingly important to refine strategies to identify and manage dementia in older people. Increasingly prevalence, costs and burden of disease assert significant pressure on economic and social systems. Older people may lack awareness of psychosocial interventions and primary care physicians may neglect to offer the other treatment options.
To answer the unknown questions about dementia, Öz believes we need to have passion for decoding the mystery of ageing. As an Atlantic Fellow at GBHI, she hopes to develop her skills and knowledge about dementia and translate research evidence into effective policy and practice.
Bio: Didem Öz is a staff member in the Department of Neurology at Dokuz Eylul University as a Neurology specialist. She received her medical school training at Dokuz Eylul University and performed a Neurology residency in the same university. During her residency, she started working in the center’s cognitive neurology clinic where she received initial training in behavioural neurology and dementia. She has worked on several research projects regarding Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, cerebrovascular disease and Epilepsy. During this time, she had extensive knowledge and background on the assessment of several neuropsychological tests with neuropsychologists, EEG and MRI training with radiology.