Daniel Ferreira, Assistant Professor, Karolinska Institutet

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Assistant professor

About me

I have a Degree in Psychology (2005), Advanced Studies in Neuropsychology (2007), and Master in Clinical Psychology (2014), all these from the University of La Laguna, Spain.

My PhD is in Biomedical and Clinical Research (2012, University of La Laguna, Spain).

I have been working at Karolinska Institutet since 2012. Currently I am an Assistant Professor at the Division of Clinical Geriatrics (NVS Department, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), and a Research Affiliate at the Department of Radiology (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, US).

I am leading several lines of research and I supervise several students including PhD, Master, Postdoc, and Undergraduate students.

Research description

My main research interest is Normal Aging and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia with Lewy bodies. My main focus is in cognition and neuroimaging but genetic factors, CSF biomarkers, and clinical and socio-demographic factors are part of my research as well. I have a strong interest in multivariate analysis and artificial intelligence as well.

Projects available for students (Master, Undergraduate, Guests, etc.):

- “Brain atrophy and subtypes of neurodegenerative disorders”:  You will study brain atrophy using different techniques. You will also study different subtypes of Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases, looking at prevalence, clinical characterization, progression over time, etc.

- "Advanced neuroimaging of the cholinergic system": You will be able to model and study the brain cholinergic system in vivo by using different MRI-based techniques.

- "Cognitive reserve": You will investigate the fascinating topic of cognitive reserve. We will study the neuroanatomical basis of cognitive reserve but also how this can be used clinically.

- “Subjective Cognitive Decline”: You will investigate the clinical value of subjective cognitive complaints in cognitively normal people, and their association with neuroimaging, CSF biomarkers, cognition, emotion, and several psychological factors.

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