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Sarah Bauermeister

PhD MSc BSc Hons BA Hons CPsychol

Senior Researcher & Senior Data Manager

  • Senior Researcher and Senior Data Manager for Dementias Platform UK (DPUK)
  • Psychometric Analyst for the European Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (EPAD) study

Analysis and Management of Large-Cohort Real-World Data for Dementia-Focused Research

Cognitive neuropsychologist and Senior data manager

I am a cognitive neuropsychologist conducting and supervising research across multiple multi-disciplinary projects, and senior data manager for Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) a cohort data repository for 45+ cohorts (3 million+ participants), in the research group of DPUK director and PI, Professor John Gallacher. In DPUK I am programme lead for the DPUK datathon intiative; programme manager for the user group DPUK Reach; project lead for DPUK data curation; scientific lead for two international DPUK collaborative AD projects; scientific reviewer for the DPUK Data Portal and represent DPUK internationally at conferences and workshops. 

As a senior researcher, I am a psychometric analyst and my research interests include applying Item Response Theory (IRT) models to mental health, lifestyle, biomedical and healthcare scales, investigating item-level information and scale reliability. I also utilise structural equation modelling (SEM) to explore comorbidities such as cognition and mental health, child adversity and, adult biomedical outcomes and dementia. My previous research focused on the cognitive predictors of falls and frailty in older adults, also poor mental health as a comorbidity with cognitive decline and dementia. 

Dementias Platform UK    

Dementias Platform UK is a public-private partnership funded by the Medical Research Council. DPUK’s partners – ten universities and six pharmaceutical companies – have joined forces with the aim of accelerating research towards effective treatment for dementia by improving access to data. By bringing together records from over 40 different cohort studies – including brain scans, genetics and clinical records – DPUK is creating the world’s richest source of people data for use in research and drug development for dementia. This free-to-access resource of cohort data is available for use by any bona fide researcher who is interested in investigating dementia, whether based within a university or industry context. DPUK facilitates safe and secure access to this data through its Data Portal, enabling research and analyses at a scale that has not previously been possible for studies into dementia. It wishes to promote scientific research using cohort study data, and has an active programme of experimental medicine.

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