Cohort 
2019

Didem Öz, MD, PhD

Behavioral Neurologist, Epileptologist

To answer the unknown questions about dementia, I believe we need to have passion for decoding the mystery of aging.

Current Work

Didem is an associate neurologist at Dokuz Eylül University. She is developing an electroencephalography model to monitor the electrical activity of the brain for diagnosis and differentiation of dementia, and investigating clinicopathological correlation.

Personal Hero

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Words of Strength

Formula = Science + Heart + Human

Vision

Didem believes that we need a passion to work internationally to decode the mystery of aging. She hopes to develop knowledge in her home region about dementia by staying up to date and translating research evidence into effective policy and practice.

Strategy

Didem is working 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 aging and mild cognitive impairment.

Impact

Didem believes that science itself is an art. During her fellowship, she developed knowledge in terms of incorporating research into clinical care. In UCSF's Memory and Aging Center multidisciplinary environment, she practiced a holistic approach and built great networks to promote international studies.

Motivation

With a progressively aging population in Turkey, it becomes increasingly important to refine strategies to identify and manage dementia in older people.

Education & Experience

Didem Öz is an instructor (associate neurologist) 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.

Dokuz Eylul University
Neurology
Residency
Dokuz Eylul University
MD

Awards & Honors

-Turkish National Math Olympics, 2000, Bronze Medal Finalist -Dokuz Eylül University Science and Engineering Project Competition, Investigation of the Effect of Vegetable Oils on Streptococcus Mutans ‘Antibacterial Toothpaste’, Principal Investigator of the project. This project received a prize of 3rd place -2007 Chairwoman, Dokuz Eylul University Scientific Research Group 5. National Student Congress: ‘Pediatric Infections’, Izmir -Turkish Medical School Students Association, Scholarship in Bialystok University, Poland

Turkish National Math Olympics
2000
Bronze Medal Finalist
Dokuz Eylül University Science and Engineering Project Competition
Investigation of the Effect of Vegetable Oils on Streptococcus Mutans ‘Antibacterial Toothpaste’
2007
3rd place
Dokuz Eylul University National Student Congress
Pediatric Infections’
Chairwoman
Bialystok University, Poland
Turkish Medical School Students Association Scholarship