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Graham Reid

MA (Hons)

MSc Student in Experimental Psychology

  • Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry's Heart-Brain Group at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (Warneford Hospital)

Cardiovascular Risk and Resilience for Alzheimer's Disease

Research Interests

My research interests are in risk and resilience for neuropsychological pathologies. Prior to starting my MSc, my work took a social psychiatry framework to understand the factors that seem to confer protection against disease across the lifespan and influence help-seeking behaviours in those affected. I was particularly interested in lifestyle medicine, which encapsulates variables, such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, and religiosity. In my current work, I am looking at the relationship between heart and brain health in emerging Alzheimer's Disease. I am particularly interested in cardiovascular risk factors, such hypertension, diabetes, and obesity, and how their impact on the heart may affect later-life risk for Alzheimer's Disease. To conduct this work, I am using data from longitudinal cohorts to assess changes in heart and brain health over time, as well as changes in cognition, such as memory. The key methodologies that I am using for this work include diffusion tensor MRI imaging, doppler ultrasonography of arterial phenotypes, and psychometric testing of cognition.