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University of Toronto
Discovery (Biological & Genetic Mechanisms)
Alana Brown is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Gillian Einstein. Alana strives to use her training in statistics, functional and structural neuroimaging, and neuroendocrinology to understand the effects of ovarian hormones on cognition, sleep microstructure, and brain health. She studies these factors in women with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (surgical removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes) prior to spontaneous/natural menopause. Because these women are at heightened risk for Alzheimer’s disease, Alana’s work facilitates improved understanding of factors that may contribute to neurodegenerative disease risk in women.