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
    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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