Profile – Dr Fiona McLean, University of Dundee

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Dr Fiona McLean


Dr Fiona McLean

Job title:

Alzheimer’s Research UK Fellow

Place of work / study:

University of Dundee

Area of Research:

I am fascinated by the brain and I have always been curious about how it works and what keeps it healthy. My research focuses on the links between obesity, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases.

How is your work funded:

I am funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), as part of the IM2PACT project. This is a collaborative project, with over 25 European partners, which aims to investigate the biology of the blood-brain barrier in metabolism-related and neurodegenerative diseases.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I have always loved science, since I was at school, and I really like that I have a job, which is both interesting and helping people. Outside of science, I enjoy practising yoga, playing the piano and playing badminton.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I once met a Nobel Prize winner and we talked about how to escape from different types of bears.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I like solving problems. Dementia is one of the biggest problems in the world and it needs to be solved.

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