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Episode titles: 
Part one – PRIME time: multimorbidity of insulin-related somatic and brain diseases
Part two – The impact of dietary habits and physical activity on mental health

Silke MaturaInterviewee: Silke Matura, Germany
Silke Matura (Ph.D.) is a psychologist, senior clinical scientist and head of the Research group mHealth and lifestyle modifications at the Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy of Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Her current research focuses on the impact of long-term habits (e.g. dietary habits, physical activity) on psychological well-being and the brain. Her research involves Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) and a large array of neuroimaging methods (spectroscopic magnetic resonance imaging, quantitative MRI, fMRI, DTI) to study the impact of lifestyle factors on brain metabolism, structure and function. She is currently leading work packages in two EU granted projects, investigating insulin multimorbidities and the effect of lifestyle factors on impulsivity and compulsivity.

Veerle van Gils Interviewer: Veerle van Gils, The Netherlands
Veerle van Gils is a PhD researcher at the Alzheimer Centre Limburg, Maastricht University. She obtained her research master’s degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, with a specialisation in Neuropsychology. Within her PhD, she focuses on research into vascular contributions to Alzheimer’s Disease pathophysiology and its associated cognitive decline. To examine this, she pools, harmonises, and analyses data of several memory clinic and aging cohorts in Europe. As part of the PRIME (Prevention and Remediation of Insulin Multimorbidity in Europe) project, she explores the relationships between insulin-related markers (such as diabetes), Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers and its related cognitive decline.