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Talks and Q&A with Richard Merrick and Prof Anne-Marie Minihane about the impact of factors such as gender and diet on our brain health.

Factors such as our biological sex and gender are thought to be linked with dementia risk, as more women than men are living with dementia. Richard Merrick discussed his research using large long-term population studies, which aims to shed light on this link. Studies also indicate that lifestyle factors have an important link to our brain health. Prof Anne-Marie Minihane’s research looks at the impact of certain foods and the Mediterranean diet on brain health. She also discussed the possible effects of menopause on dementia risk. 

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Richard Merrick is a PhD student in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, and training to be a Consultant in Public Health. He works with Prof Carol Brayne on the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study (CFAS), a long running population study of the distribution and causes of dementia. His research explores the connections between gender and dementia, and what this might mean for research and policy. 


Prof Anne-Marie Minihane is a Professor of Nutrigenetics at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. Her research focusses on the impact of certain foods and diets, such as the Mediterranean-style diet on brain health. Prof Minihane’s research also investigates the genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and how these can be linked to our diets. 

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