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Danai  Dima

Dr Danai Dima

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Dima received her Psychology degree from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece in 2003. She trained in Neuropsychology at the Hospital ‘Aiginiteio’, University of Athens. Following this, she completed a Masters Degree in Integrative Neuroscience at Imperial College London, UK. She was then awarded a Marie Curie Early Stage Training Fellowship for her PhD studies in Neuroscience which she completed at the Medical School Hannover, Germany in 2009. During her PhD she also trained at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK.

Dr Dima's research focuses on the study of cognition and psychosis, mainly employing neuroimaging methods and connectivity analyses in combination with genetics. Dr Dima also co-chairs the Lifespan Working Group nested within the ENIGMA initiative, and is an EDI Theme Representative at the NIHR Maudsley BRC.

Research Interests

  • Psychiatry
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
  • Genetics
  • Neuroimaging

Expertise and Public Engagement

For the past nine years, I have been an Ambassador for 'Inspiring the Future', a charity that works with state schools and colleges to promote to underprivileged areas with a specific focus on increasing female representation in science, especially STEM. As part of this work, I have delivered talks and seminars to underprivileged students seeking to inspire their interest in neuroscience I have also used innovative creative methods to communicate my work to the wider public. I have organized a joint installation (Illusions: A window to your brain), with glass artist Dr Shelley James that presented research into the way that people with schizophrenia perceive visual illusions (Exhibition at Somerset House – summer 2016). I participated in a public interview with Neil Denny, Little Atoms, to discuss how schizophrenia has improved our understanding of the healthy brain, as well as in a series of “Heroes of Neurons” and “Pint of Science” events.

I have worked on a project that brings together three fields of research: cultural geography, critical cartography and neuroscience. The goal of this project is to advance a new transdisciplinary field of 'Critical Neuro-Cartography'. This project has led to an event at Somerset House exploring the role of maps in different areas of practice (Mapping (Un)charted Territories, 24 May 2017) and a publication in The Conversation, entitled “Three reasons to think twice about mapping the brain”.