Dr. Georgia L Estrin

Co-PI for exploring parental understanding of cognitive impairment and cognitive enhancement in India

Dr. Estrin is a Principle Investigator at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, University of Birkbeck. Her research interests lie at the interface between neuroscience and public health. She is particularly interested in the translation of neuroscientific methods into global mental health to improve detection of developmental disorders in children, particularly in low resource settings. She is a Sir Henry Wellcome post-doc fellow, and her work focuses on establishing the ability, feasibility and acceptability of using portable eye-tracking technology to identify children at risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders in low-income contexts, specifically in India. Her research also extends to child development and the neuroethics surrounding the use of cognitive enhancers in low-income settings to improve the developmental potential of children living in poverty.

Prior to working at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, she was as Senior Research Associate in the Section for Women’s Mental Health, IoPPN, King’s College London, and before that a Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Her PhD, at Imperial College London, focused on investigating the neurodevelopment of foetuses and infants at risk of developmental disorders using Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Her Bsc and MSc, at University of Nottingham and University College London respectively was in Clinical Neuroscience. She now works on combining this neuroscience background into public health and global mental health research.