Cindy Barha

Postdoctoral Fellow

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.

Episodes for this expert

  • The Science of “Mom Brain”

    Are you constantly losing your keys? Or maybe your train of thought mid-sentence – every sentence? Maybe you’re like me and chalk it up to “mom brain.” But is “mom brain” real, or just something we tell ourselves to feel better when we forget to actually put laundry detergent in the washing machine to clean our dirty clothes or find the milk in the pantry? (That can’t just be me, right?) Today, we’re talking with moms and a researcher about the science behind “mom brain.” So if you find yourself being extra forgetful these days, don’t worry. You’ll quickly hear you’re not alone.

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