Silvia is a consultant neurologist and neuropsychologist at Juan Ramon Jimenez University Hospital in Spain. She is researching early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in patients around the region of Andalusia (Spain), especially in patients with a low educational level.
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Caring of people living with dementia implies a considerable increase in stress, depression, anxiety, and social isolation. That is why there is a need to implement programs that help meet caregivers' needs and prevent their physical and mental health and wellbeing from deteriorating.
Silvia is developing an online support program for caregivers of people with dementia. Hopefully, it will be the beginning of several policy responses for caregivers' needs and wellbeing support around Andalusia. It will offer assistance and educational resources, promoting proactive decision-making.
As an Atlantic Fellow, Silvia had the opportunity to start collaborations with other professionals worldwide, working on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias' impact. Together, supported by the GBHI mentorship, they will improve data infrastructure, research capacity, and healthcare innovation.
In Spain, people with dementia will reach almost one million by 2050. However, government responses to dementia prevention, diagnosis, and communication efforts are inadequate. Health services are also insufficiently adapted to respond to the needs of people with dementia and their families.
Silvia Rodrigo-Herrero received her medical school training from the Salamanca University (Spain). She was specialized in Neurology at the University Hospital Virgen del Rocio (Seville, Spain). Part of the Alzheimer's and other dementias' research group attached to HUVR-IBiS node, belonging to the Public Health Biobank. She also completed the Master's degree in "Advanced studies in brain and behavior" at the University of Seville. At present, she is pursuing Ph.D. studies at the Sevillian Biomedicine Institute - University of Seville, in Neurology, for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease. Her main interest lies in Alzheimer's disease, other dementias, and informal caregivers of persons with dementia.
Sevillian Biomedicine Institute - University of Seville
Neurology, for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease
PhD (in progress)
University of Seville
"Advanced studies in brain and behavior"
Master of Science
University Hospital Virgen del Rocio (Seville, Spain)