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Dr. Muniz Terrera is a Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Centre for Dementia Prevention where she works in collaboration with colleagues in the EPAD (European Prevention of Alzheimer's Dementia) and the PREVENT  studies and  also with colleagues affiliated to other ageing and brain health initiatives across the university. She also works with an extensive network of international collaborators, including  the IALSA (Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Ageing, NIH funded) network of longitudinal studies of ageing and dementia, which she co-led, and with colleagues based in low and middle income countries.

Before working in Edinburgh, she was a Lecturer at UCL and Programme Leader Track at the MRC Lifelong Health and Ageing Unit and also worked for several years in Cambridge at the MRC Biostatistics Unit, where she also did her PhD. Her research has been supported by  the Medical Research Council, the Alzheimer's Society, National Institute of Health (US) and various other funding organisations.

She has extensive experience developing and applying  longitudinal methods to gain a better understanding of ageing, brain health and dementia. She is intererested in the study of modifiable risk factors  for cognitive and physical decline and brain health.  She also works in the development of harmonisation methods for evidence synthesis and reproducible research.

Graciela supervises and  mentors an active group of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers affiliated to CDP and  to other departments of  the University of Edinburgh and in the international institutions.




  • PhD, MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge 
  • Masters in Mathematical Statistics, School of Sciences, Universidad de la Republica del Uruguay
  • BA in Mathematcis, School of Sciences, Universidad de la Republica del Uruguay


Current Research Interests

I am interested in the development and application of longitudinal methods for gaining a better understanding of  ageing and pathology related within person change in functional and cognitive decline. At the CDP, I lead a Translational Research Group in Biostatistics and Disease Modelling ( where we focus on research factors that may affect the estimation of trajectories of cognitive and functional decline.

I am also interested in methods for reproducible research, including harmonisation methodos to facilitate cross study comparisons. I collaborate with the Maelstrom initiative (, and with its long standing catalogue and repository of studies and data.


External positions

Adjunct Associate Professor, Univ Victoria, University of Victoria, Dept Psychol

2013 → …


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