Prof Suvarna Alladi

Professor of Neurology
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

Suvarna Alladi is Professor of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India. Dr Alladi was a Commonwealth research fellow in cognitive and behavioural neurology at Cambridge UK. She established one of the first memory clinics in India that provided multi-disciplinary care to more than 3000 patients with dementia. Her areas of interest are Frontotemporal dementia, atypical Alzheimer’s disease and vascular cognitive impairment. Dr Alladi’s group coordinated a multicentric study that adapted cognitive tests for different Indian languages and for illiterates. Her work also focuses on investigating the influence of life-course experiences that include bilingualism, education and social engagement on cognitive resilience. In the background of a rapidly rising burden of dementia, creating awareness and organising community support for dementia became a focus of the Alzheimer’s disease NGO she co-founded.

Dr Alladi has also made an effort to represent priorities of less-developed societies in international platforms and meetings. She is Chair of World Federation of Neurology, Special interest group on Aphasia & Cognitive disorders and Senior Researcher on the multinational project, Strengthening Responses to Dementia in Developing countries (STRiDE).