Both genes and modifiable lifestyle factors affect how our cognitive abilities change as we get older. My research is looking at how physical activity benefits people who possess a genotype which increases their risk for cognitive decline and dementia. By looking at cognitive ability, brain structure and brain function, I hope to further our understanding of how exercise can help those at greater genetic risk to prevent or reduce age-related cognitive decline.

Primary affiliationCentre for Applied Behavioural Sciences,
Department of Psychology,
School of Social Sciences,
Heriot-Watt University
SupervisorsProfessor Alan Gow, Heriot-Watt University
Dr Michaela Dewar, Heriot-Watt University
FundingSchool of Social Sciences (Heriot-Watt University) PhD Scholarship