Natalie Marchant
  • United Kingdom

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Research interests

"The body is a vessel for transformation of not only our various foods through the digestion process, but also our life experiences and emotional responses."                                                                                                                                    - Dr Pema Dorjee


My research follows two broad themes:


1.  Does the interaction of genetics and lifestyle, specifically ‘cognitive-emotional’ style, increase vulnerability to Alzheimer’s disease?  How might behavioural interventions impact these changes?

I integrate findings across multiple disciplines to explore how certain cognitive-emotional styles together with a known genetic risk (e4 variant of the APOE gene) may increase vulnerability to clinical AD.

I explore how non-pharmacologic (eg focused-breathing, mindfulness) interventions may alter cognitive function.


2. Can alternative medical therapies improve well-being of individuals affected by dementia?

Neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety and agitation are common, occurring in up to 85% of individuals in early AD.  There has been increased interest in non-pharmacologic therapeutic interventions, and I am currently exploring the feasibility of certain complimentary and alternative medical practices for individuals with dementia.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Master of Science, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Bachelor of Arts, Williams College

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001


  • BF Psychology
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Apolipoprotien E
  • Cognitive Reserve
  • Cognitive Debt


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