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Collaborators

  • Vanessa Raymont
    Vanessa Raymont

    Senior Clinical Researcher, R&D Director Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

  • Sarah Bauermeister
    Sarah Bauermeister

    Associate Professor

  • Ivan Koychev
    Ivan Koychev

    Senior Clinical Researcher

  • John Gallacher
    John Gallacher

    Professor of Cognitive Health; Director, Dementias Platform UK; Director, BrainWaves study of adolescent wellbeing and mental health

  • Patrick Pflanz
    Patrick Pflanz

    Postdoctoral Research Assistant Dementias Platform UK (DPUK)

  • Morgane Kuenzi
    Morgane Kuenzi

    Postdoctoral Researcher Blossom Early Adversity & Brain Health Programme, Dementias Platform UK (DPUK)

Benjamin Tari

PhD


Postdoctoral Research Analyst Dementias Platform UK (DPUK)

  • PhD University of Western Ontario
  • H.BSc University of Toronto

Summary

I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  I attended the University of Toronto (2014-2018) where I studied neuroscience, psychology and physiology; I graduated with distinction.  I moved to the University of Western Ontario in 2018 to pursue a Master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Heath.  I was fast-tracked into the PhD program in 2019.  My doctoral dissertation focussed on the mechanisms which underpin the magnitude and persistence of a postexercise benefit to executive function, particularly the effects of changes to cerebral blood flow.  As well, Dr. Heath and I developed an at-home assessment of executive function which provides a means to assess overall brain health in traditionally difficult to reach and/or underrepresented populations.  My work was supported by a postgraduate scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and a short-term grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  I completed my PhD in 2022.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral research analyst with Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) supervised by Dr. Vanessa Raymont.  DPUK is a partnership aimed at progressing dementia research via collaboration between universities, charities, and pharmaceutical and technology companies.  My role is primarily with the Trials Delivery Framework where we aim to establish a new means for testing dementia treatments by matching the right volunteers to the right early-phase trials.

My current research interests include the effects of lifestyle factors which influence the onset of dementia.  I am also interested in the effects of physical activity and acute and chronic brain injury, its interaction with cognitive status, and its potential as a modifiable risk factor for the onset of dementia.