Cohort 
2017

Derya Durusu Emek Savaş, PhD

Neuroscientist

We need new policies that improve health care and long-term care for the aging population and provide the necessary care and support for people with dementia and their caregivers.

Current Work

Derya is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Neurosciences at Dokuz Eylul University. She develops and uses computerized cognitive training programs as an intervention for people with cognitive impairment and for the prevention of cognitive decline in the aging population.

Personal Hero

Her father

Words of Strength

Dedicated, enthusiastic, collaborative, problem solving, adaptability

Vision

To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, new policies that improve health care and long-term care for the aging population and provide the necessary care and support for people with dementia and their caregivers are needed.

Strategy

Derya uses computerized cognitive training as an intervention for people with mild cognitive impairment. This can help restore their cognitive abilities and prevent further decline.

Motivation

Like the rest of the world, the aging population is significantly increasing in Turkey, and health care professionals are not prepared to meet the challenges of this change.

Education & Experience

Derya Durusu Emek-Savaş is an associate professor in the Departments of Psychology and Neurosciences at Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey. Derya completed her bachelor’s 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.