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Nearly a third of dementia cases can be prevented by modifying our lifestyle, in particular our cardiovascular health. While we know that “what’s good for the heart is good for the brain”, we still don’t entirely know why. Our group investigates this heart-brain link in detail, by studying how the health of our heart and large blood vessels affect the brain and memory as we grow older.

The Heart and Brain Ageing Group

The Heart and Brain Ageing Group, led by Associate Professor Sana Suri, is based in the Department of Psychiatry and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging at the University of Oxford. The group combines multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound imaging to investigate how the structure, blood supply and function of brain relate to risk and resilience for dementia. We use population neuroimaging cohorts such as the UK Biobank and the European Lifebrain Project to examine the interaction of lifestyle and genetic risk on cognitive decline. Ultimately, we hope that by understanding the link between cardiovascular and brain health we can identify both how and when in the lifespan preventative interventions for dementia may be most effective.

We collaborate with OxDARE, the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, the Alzheimer’s Society, and Alzheimer's Research UK to engage in public and policy outreach.

We also collaborate with The Douglas Research Centre McGill University Montreal, The Donders Centre for Cognition Radboud University Nijmegen, and the Institute of Cardiovascular Science University College London.

Our team

News from the group

Celebrating Daria Jensen's successful DPhil thesis submission

The Heart & Brain Ageing Group celebrating Daria Jensen's successful DPhil thesis submission

100 participants scanned for the Heart & Brain Study

The Heart & Brain Ageing group celebrating scanning 100 participants for the Heart & Brain Study

Heart and Brain Ageing Group at the ARUK Dementia Day 2022

The Heart & Brain Ageing Group presenting their work at the ARUK Dementia Research Day, Oxford 2022

MSc presentations

MSc students Oana-Cristina Scutariu (left) and Isabelle Roach (right) present their research at the MSc Neuroscience examinations