Dr Aida Suárez-González
Senior Research Fellow, Honorary Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist and UKRI Catalyst Award Fellow
Place of work / study:
Dementia Research Centre, University College London, Institute of Neurology
Area of research:
My research investigates the clinical expression of atypical Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia and neuropsychological interventions and technologies to treat this population. I also investigate the mechanisms of cognitive impairment in “cognitive Covid-19” and rehabilitation therapies for these symptoms.
How is your work funded?
I am currently funded by a UKRI Healthy Ageing Catalyst Award, the NIHR and ESRC.
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. After that, I moved to Seville, where I had the privilege to work for almost 9 years in the Neurology Department of the Virgen del Rocio University Hospital, with an exceptional team of neurologists. 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 was a potato sack race champion when I was 4. I won prizes and all.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I was exposed to very good examples of clinical practice during the early years of my clinical career. The neurologists I worked with in the Cognitive Disorders Unit in Seville had excellent medical training and high expertise in dementia diagnosis and care. They were impressive role models that shaped my identity as a clinician and encouraged me to pursue a career in the field.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Surround yourself with people you respect and who genuinely like you and support you for who you are, not what you are. Warm relationships matter. They make science and life better.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
I’m reading “I am Rome” by Santiago Posteguillo, a Spanish writer specialised in historical novel and the Roman Empire in particular. “I am Rome” is the story of Julius Caesar and yes, I highly recommend it. I recommend all books written by this author (he’s also written about Scipio Africanus, empress Julia Domna and Trajan).
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