Naiara Demnitz’s work involves research that combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuropsychological assessments to understand how lifestyle factors, such as physical activity, mobility and social engagement can help promote healthy brain aging.
Given the lack of disease-modifying treatments for dementia, there is great interest in how modifiable lifestyle factors may prevent or delay its onset. Demnitz’s research aims to pinpoint these lifestyle factors, as well as the mechanisms that underlie their effect on the aging brain. Communication of such results, both to the public and to policymakers, will then become an important next step. As an Atlantic Fellow, she aims to acquire the necessary skills to maximize future interactions with policy makers.
Outside of work, Demnitz is at her happiest when surrounded by friends and family.
Bio: Naiara Demnitz obtained her undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol and her MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London. After completing her DPhil in Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, she continued her work on healthy brain aging as a postdoctoral researcher at the same institution.