Prof Graciela Muniz Terrera

Chair of Ageing, Health and Methods


Dr. Muniz Terrera is Professor of Ageing, Health and Methods in the Edinburgh Dementia Prevention research group, where she works in collaboration with colleagues in the EPAD (European Prevention of Alzheimer's Dementia) and the IALSA (Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Ageing) network of longitudinal studies of ageing and dementia.

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 an MRC Career Development Award in Biostatistics, the Alzheimer's Society and the IALSA Programme Grant from the US National Institute of Health.

She has extensive experience developing and applying  longitudinal methods to gain a better understanding of ageing and dementia. She is also interested in harmonisation methods for evidence synthesis and reproducible research.


  • PhD in Biostatistics, 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

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
  • Analytical methods to facilitate replication and reproducible research (see
  • 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

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