Cindy Barha is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia. Cindy’s career goal is to understand how biological sex (i.e., female, male) influences cognitive function and brain aging to determine why women are at increased risk for certain forms of dementia (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease), with the ultimate aim to improve women’s brain health. The first objective of her transdisciplinary research program is to examine how biological sex, genetics, and parity (e.g., number of pregnancies) influence cognitive trajectories across the lifespan while delineating the underlying neurobiological mechanisms. Secondly, her research program focuses on how these factors and cognitive trajectories determine the brain’s responsivity to different interventions (e.g., exercise) later in life through altered neuroplastic potential.
Cindy received a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She is currently supported by a fellowship from the Alzheimer’s Association (USA) and Brain Canada.