Daniel Ferreira Padilla

Daniel Ferreira Padilla

Principal Researcher | Docent
Visiting address: Blickagången 16 (byggnad NEO), 14183 Huddinge
Postal address: H1 Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, H1 Klinisk geriatrik Ferreira, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • - Associate Professor (Docent in Neuropsychology). - Director of the Center for Alzheimer Research at KI (https://ki.se/en/nvs/center-for-alzheimer-research). I have a Degree in Psychology (2005), Advanced Studies in Neuropsychology (2007), and Master in Clinical Psychology (2014), all these from the University of La Laguna, Spain. My PhD is in Biomedical and Clinical Research (2012, University of La Laguna, Spain). I have been working at Karolinska Institutet since 2012. Currently I am an Associate Professor at the Division of Clinical Geriatrics (NVS Department, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), and a Research Affiliate at the Department of Radiology (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, US). I am leading several lines of research and I supervise several students including PhD, Master, Postdoc, and Undergraduate students.


  • My main research interest is Normal Aging and neurodegenerative disorders such as Dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer’s disease. My main focus is on cognition and neuroimaging but genetic factors, CSF biomarkers, and clinical and demographic factors are part of my research as well. I have a strong interest in multivariate analysis and artificial intelligence as well. *Projects available for students (Master, Undergraduate, Guests, etc.):* *- "Dementia with Lewy bodies": *The second most common cause of dementia but, however, commonly miss-diagnosed. You will help to understand this disease better. You will investigate brain degeneration and clinical symptoms, and you will also study the role of concomitant pathologies such as Alzheimer's and cerebrovascular disease. - *“Brain atrophy and subtypes of neurodegenerative disorders”:* You will study brain atrophy using different techniques. You will also study different subtypes of Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases, looking at prevalence, clinical characterization, progression over time, etc. *- "Advanced neuroimaging of the cholinergic system": *You will be able to model and study the brain cholinergic system /in vivo /by using different MRI-based techniques. - *"Cognitive reserve":* You will investigate the fascinating topic of cognitive reserve. We will study the neuroanatomical basis of cognitive reserve but also how this can be used clinically. - *“Subjective Cognitive Decline”: *You will investigate the clinical value of subjective cognitive complaints in cognitively normal people, and their association with neuroimaging, CSF biomarkers, cognition, emotion, and several psychological factors.


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  • Principal Researcher, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2020

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