Dr. Zahra Goodarzi is an academic geriatrician and a new recruit to the Division of Geriatrics in Calgary starting 2017. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Section of Geriatrics within the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary. As a junior scientist she has started to establish her research program after recently completing her Geriatric Medicine & Clinical Investigator fellowship as well as her Masters degree in Health Services Research through the Department of Community Health Sciences in July 2016.

Her major research focus in on the interplay of mental illness and neurologic diseases, specifically focusing on dementia and Parkinson’s disease. From a methodological standpoint she is focused on knowledge translation through the use of synthesis and qualitative methods to inform practice and engage patients. Specifically focused on barriers and facilitators research with stakeholders. Her current research projects will be to examine the tools available for detecting anxiety in dementia and Parkinson’s disease; then understand how we can use these tools.

Names of Current Grants/Project Titles:

2017 - 2018. Comparative safety and efficacy of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia: A systematic review and network meta-analysis