Cohort 
2020

Jonathan Adrián Zegarra, MSc

Neuroscientist

People and governments must work to promote basic and applied science, education, and brain/mental healthcare.

Current Work

Adrián is working as a predoctoral researcher at the Cajal Institute CSIC, in the Functional and System Neurobiology department.

Personal Hero

Oliver Sacks, Ursula Zegarra

Words of Strength

Dreaming big, taking initiative, dedication

Vision

Adrián believes people and governments must work to promote basic and applied science, education, and brain/mental healthcare. A focus on vulnerable populations and early biomarkers/diagnosis is needed.

Strategy

Adrián is working with cognitive and metabolic endophenotypes as biomarkers for early detection of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. This could help to allow earlier diagnosis, as well as cognitive and behavioral intervention.

Impact

Adrián hopes to achieve a highly multidisciplinary training in brain health and dementia to develop innovative ideas and solutions to the health problems in his community.

Motivation

Low-income countries have important socioeconomic and sanitary deficiencies, so dementia, or brain health, is not usually a key point of health and policy intervention. In Peru, there are more than 3.5 million older people and 200,000 have dementia, with difficulties in diagnosis or treatment.

Education & Experience

Adrián received his graduate degree in psychology from the Universidad Nacional de San Agustín de Arequipa, Peru. He is also earned a master´s degree in Neuroscience from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. After that, he started his doctoral degree at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is currently working as a predoctoral researcher at the Cajal Institute CSIC, in the Functional and System Neurobiology department.

Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI)
current
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
current
PhD candidate
Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
Neuroscience
MSc
Universidad Nacional de San Agustín de Arequipa, Peru
Psychology
BA

Awards & Honors

National Council of Science and Technology and Technological Innovation of Peru (CONCYTEC)
Science and technology
2016
International Fellow
Latin American Society of Neuropsychology (SLAN)
2015
Dalmas Scholarship
Universidad Nacional de San Agustín de Arequipa, Peru
Research and publication
2015
Recognition diplomas and congratulations
Republic of Peru
Neuroscience
2014
President of the Republic of Peru Government Scholarship