Indira Turney, Ph.D.

Scientist, racial brain health disparities expert, co-founder of UNITY!

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

Monday, March 6, 2023, 7 p.m.
Whitley Auditorium

Indira Turney is a postdoctoral fellow at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center. She earned her Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from Pennsylvania State University, where she investigated cognitive processing that led to false memory errors and examined how to ameliorate age-related differences in memory. The goal of her current research is to understand how racism becomes embedded in the body and brain and, as a result, affects health. She hopes to improve the detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and develop prevention programs to target malleable environmental, socio-cultural, and biological mechanisms of change in at-risk populations. Her research has been funded through several grants, including the National Institute of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation. She is passionate about demystifying and diversifying STEM and building spaces for scholars from historically excluded backgrounds to thrive, which is why she co-founded the Women of Color Writing Accountability Group.

Open to the public; no ticket necessary