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Dr Emma Anderson
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  • Principal Research Fellow
  • Mental Health of Older People
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
 I am an Associate Professor of Dementia Epidemiology at the Division of Psychiatry, UCL. My work to-date has focussed on the application of novel causal inference methodology, such as Mendelian randomization, polygenic risk score analysis and offspring instrumental variable analysis, to identify modifiable causal risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. My UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship will extend this work by identifying genetic and environmental determinants of vascular dementia. I will undertake genotyping of around 7000 brains in the UK Brain Bank Network with the aim of performing the largest genome-wide association study of dementia with a vascular component to-date. I hope to obtain novel mechanistic insights into disease risk and progression; develop tools to identify susceptible individuals and establish both preventative and therapeutic candidate targets. I also plan to develop a global Brain Genetics Platform to improve accessibility to post-mortem brain data.  

Research Summary

Research experience

  • Modelling longitudinal data (using mixed models and joint models to account for informative loss-to-follow-up) to obtain trajectories of exposures and outcomes across the life course
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Analysis of clustered data
  • Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses
  • Mendelian randomisation (univariable and multivariable)
  • Polygenic risk score analysis
  • Offspring instrumental variable analysis
01-OCT-2010 – 30-NOV-2022 Senior Research Fellow Integrative Epidemiology Unit, Bristol Medical School University of Bristol, United Kingdom
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