Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Dr Graciela Muniz Terrera

Graciela Muniz-Terrera is a Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Centre for Dementia Prevention, CCBS.

Dr Graciela Muniz-Terrera

Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics and Epidemiology

  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
  • Centre for Dementia Prevention (Lead of Biostatistics & Disease Modelling Translational Research Group)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, BC, Canada

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Graciela Muniz-Terrera is a biostatistician who trained in pure mathematics and statistics in Uruguay before moving to the UK, where she completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge. She worked at the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge for several years before taking up a position at UCL. In 2015, she joined the Centre for Dementia Prevention (CDP), where she leads a team working in the application and development of sound analytical methods to gain a better understanding of dementia and the ageing process. Graciela is Vice chair of the ISTAART (The Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment) Professional Interest Area on Data and Design Analytics (DaDA).

Research summary

Graciela is interested in the application and development of new analytical methods to improve knowledge about normative and pathological cognitive and physical declines experienced by older adults. She is particularly interested in understanding how individuals change relative to their previous level of functioning (within-person changes) as the manifestations of these changes are those that usually concern older adults. She is also interested in the development of analytical tools to predict the risk of developing dementia.

Research aims & areas of interest

  • Longitudinal methods
  • Risk prediction models
  • Data harmonisation (see www.maelstrom-research.org)
  • Analytical methods to facilitate replication and reproducible research (see www.ialsa.org)
  • Graciela often runs workshops aimed at early-career researchers who want to learn and apply statistical methods to answer relevant questions about ageing and dementia


Group members

Dr Rebecca Bendayan - statistician

Dr Lucy Stirland - PhD student

Dr Hinesh Topiwala - MD student


  • European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease Consortium (EPAD)
  • Prof. Andrea Piccinin and Prof Scott Hofer, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
  • IALSA affiliated researchers
  • Dr Ardo Van den Hout, Dept. of Statistics, UCL
  • Dr Brian Tom, MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge
  • Maelstrom Research Group, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Related Links

Centre for Dementia Prevention website

Read more about CCBS research into neurodegenerative conditions