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Verena Heise

Verena Heise

Verena Heise

MSc, DPhil

NDPH Intermediate Fellow

Research Interests

In my research I use advanced neuroimaging techniques, mainly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to investigate how genetics and lifestyle measures affect human brain structure and function. My main research question is how biological factors influence brain ageing and in turn the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases. A better understanding of those factors and the processes in the brain that are most vulnerable to ageing will allow us to develop interventions aimed at preventing or delaying the development of neurodegenerative diseases.

I am based at the Big Data Institute and collaborate closely with groups at the new Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN) and Department of Psychiatry.


I am particularly interested in promoting Open and Reproducible Research and improving research methods to make the results of scientific research more robust. I am involved in several working groups to promote robust research: Reproducible Research Oxford, which is the local node of the UK Reproducibility Network, the Open Neuroimaging working group at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging and the advisory board for Credibility in Neuroscience at the British Neuroscience Association. 

You can find slides for talks I have given and links to recordings on my OSF webpage (see link on the left).

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about my research, are interested in collaborations or have any questions regarding robust research.