Dr Dorina Cadar is a Career Development Fellow at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL. She is particularly interested in examining the interindividual variability of cognitive ageing, and in particular why some individuals experience faster rates of cognitive decline compared to others. She focuses on the various determinants of mental capabilities across the life-course and specifically on the lifestyle risk factors for cognitive decline and incidence of dementia.
She currently works on a project funded by the Alzheimer’s Society (PI Dr Graciela Muniz Terrera), which aims to synthesise evidence about the effect of education on within-person trajectories of cognitive decline in global and specific cognitive abilities induced by ageing, dementia and proximity to death.
Dorina holds a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London (2008), an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience from Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (2009), and a PhD in Cognitive Epidemiology from the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, University College London (2013). Her PhD thesis has investigated the role of individual and combined lifestyle behaviours on cognitive functioning and on cognitive decline using data from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development. In 2013, she was also awarded with a Postgraduate Certificate (Distinction) in Cognitive Ageing Research Methods from the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh.
Dorina is an active member of Alzheimer’s Society; British Psychological Society; Gerontological Society of America; Society for Social Medicine and UK Society for Behavioural Medicine.
In 2012, Dorina was awarded a MRC Centenary Grant to take further methodological training and to establish international research collaborations. In the same year, she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Grant to design and conduct a Public Engagement Project named “Use it; don’t lose it!” promoting the role of physical activity in early midlife with the ultimate scope of preventing cognitive decline and dementia.
In 2013, the project was part of the MRC Centenary Anniversary 100 years of life-changing discovery: “Advancing medicine, changing lives” events taking place at the Science Museum, UCL and Big Bang Fair (London ExCeL).
Dorina won a runner-up prize at the Social Society for Medicine Conference 2013, Brighton, for her poster presentation “Use it, don’t lose it! The role of lifestyle behaviours on 20 years cognitive decline”. In 2010, she won the First Year Project Award by Professor Michael Marmot and Professor Andrew Steptoe from UCL Faculty of Population Health and the second place at Shape of Science Symposium for her poster titled: “Is the freedom from cognitive impairment really at hand? An investigation between alcohol consumption and cognitive functioning”. The competition was open to doctoral and post doctoral researchers from UK and EU.
Selected publications / conference presentations
Cadar D., Pikhart H., Mishra G., Nip W., Stephen A., Kuh D., & Richards M. Higher Adherence to the Mediterranean diet protects memory decline in a longitudinal cohort study - Abstract, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, September 2013, Volume 67
Cadar D., Pikhart H., Mishra G., Stephen A., Kuh D., & Richards M. Use it, don’t lose it! The role of lifestyle behaviours on 20 years cognitive decline - Abstract, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, September 2013, Volume 67
Cadar D., Piccinin A. M., Hofer S. M., Muniz-Terrera G. Cognitive trajectories in preclinical dementia: evidence from two longitudinal European studies, Presentation at the Alzheimer Society Annual Meeting, Surrey, 2013.
Cadar D., Pikhart H., Mishra G., Stephen A., Kuh D. & Richards M. The role of lifestyle behaviours on 20-year cognitive decline. Journal of Aging Research; 2012:304014. Epub 2012 Sep 4. PMID: 22988508
Cadar D., Pikhart H., Mishra G., Nip W., Stephen A., Kuh D. & Richards M. Increased adherence to Mediterranean Diet protects memory decline over 20 years in a longitudinal study. The Lancet Vol 380, Abstracts 12TL4945, Oral presentation at the Public Health Science Conference, 23 November 2012,Royal Society for Medicine, London, UK
Cadar D; Pikhart H; Mishra G; Stephen A, Kuh D. & Richards M. The role of lifestyle behaviours on 20 years cognitive: findings from a British Birth Cohort Study. Oral presentation at the Society for Longitudinal and Life course Studies Annual Meeting, 29-31 October 2012, Paris, France (EUCCONET Bursary)
Cadar D., Pikhart H., Mishra G., Stephen A., Kuh D. & Richards M. Maybe is what we do! Health related behaviours on cognitive decline from mid to later life in 1946 British Birth Cohort! Oral presentation at the World Psychiatric Association International Congress, 17–21 October 2012, Prague, Czech Republic
Cadar D., Pikhart H., Mishra G., Stephen A., Kuh D. & Richards M. The role of lifestyle behaviours on 20 years cognitive. Findings from a British birth cohort study. Oral presentation at the International Congress of Behavioural Medicine (ICBM 2012), 29 August-1 September 2012, Budapest, Hungary
Cadar D., Pikhart H., Mishra G., Stephen A., Kuh D. & Richards M. Physical activity and cognitive decline in midlife, Findings from a British birth cohort study, Oral presentation at the World Congress on Active Ageing 13-17 Aug 2012. Glasgow, UK
Cadar D., Pikhart H., Mishra G. & Richards M. Lifetime smoking behaviour and cognitive decline in midlife, Oral presentation at Motivating, enabling and prompting behaviour change for health, UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM) in association with the National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI), 13-14th December 2011, University of Stirling, UK
Cadar D., Pikhart H., Mishra G. & Richards M. The cumulative effects of alcohol consumption over midlife on cognitive decline, Oral presentation at Society for Longitudinal and Life course Studies (SLLS), 26-28th September 2011, Bielefeld, Germany. Longitudinal Life Course Studies: International Journal, 3 (1), Jan 2012, ISSN 1757-9597
Cadar D., Pikhart H., Mishra G. & Richards M. The long and short term effects of alcohol consumption on cognitive decline, Oral presentation at Social Society for Medicine (SSM), 14-16th September 2011, University of Warwick, UK. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 65 doi:10.1136/jech.2011.143586.75
Cadar D., Mishra G. & Richards M. An investigation between alcohol consumption and cognitive functioning, “Is the freedom from cognitive impairment really at hand?” Poster presentation at Shape of Science Research Symposium, 5th July 2010, University Of Manchester, UK.–Awarded runner up prize
Dorina Cadar. Geriatric Psychiatry Basics, Journal of Mental Health 18 (4):358-359 (2009) DOI: 10.1080/09638230902946841