Clinical Neuropsychologist and Research Associate
Place of work / study:
Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology at Queen Square
Area of research:
I’m currently focused on investigating non-pharmacological interventions, services and assistive technologies to support people living well with dementia. Living well with dementia means having access to positive support that preserves autonomy, improves life satisfaction and allows people to remain involved and socially connected in matters that are important for them.
How is your work funded?
The project I have been conducting over the last few years was funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust. I’m now starting a 5-year project funded by the ERSC / NIHR .
Tell us a little about yourself:
I grew up in Asturias, north Spain, where all my family lives. I gained my degrees and qualifications in the University of Salamanca. I had the privilege to work for almost 9 years in the Neurology Department of the Virgen del Rocio University Hospital, in Seville, with an extremely experience and exceptional team of neurologists that shaped my identity as a clinician. In the autumn of 2014 I moved to London to join the Dementia Research Centre and pursue a combined clinical/academic career.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I’m used to get work done while travelling. Sometimes I would be working so focussed in the waiting area of an airport or train station that I would miss the call for boarding. I don’t find this funny but some people do!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I was exposed to very inspiring and good quality role models during the early years of my clinical practice. The neurologists I worked with in the Memory Disorders Unit in Seville had high expertise in dementia diagnosis and care and I learned lots from them. I always felt very privileged of being part of such an excellent team. The way I saw them working inspired me profoundly, in many different ways, and encouraged me to pursue a career in the field.