Darina is a research scientist whose work has focused on investigating the relationship between various risk factors and dementia outcomes, as well as studying cross-cultural variations in diagnostic measures of dementia. She is the project director of the HAALSI Dementia Study (HAALSI-HCAP) and is responsible for overseeing study data collection, management and analysis as well as managing the cognitive components of the HAALSA project. Through her work, Darina endeavors to better understand cognitive trajectories in older individuals from diverse cultural, educational, and linguistic backgrounds.
Darina holds a PhD in public health from Imperial College London, and an MPH with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics from the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining HCPDS, she led various observational, longitudinal, and trial studies on dementia including biomarker-enriched studies at Imperial College London’s Neuroepidemiology and Ageing unit.