Profile – Michelle Naessens

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Michelle Naessens


Michelle Naessens

Job title:

Research Assistant     

Place of work / study:

Cambridge (Cambridge Centre for Frontotemporal Dementia, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge)

Area of Research:

Clinical Neuroscience

How is your work funded:

Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, and the National Institute for health Research (NIHR).         

Tell us a little about yourself:

After completing my MSc in Dementia Neuroscience at UCL, I moved to Cambridge to start working as a research assistant. My work has mostly focused on investigating neuroanatomical correlates of cognitive dysfunction in frontotemporal dementia and related disorders using MRI and M/EEG.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I do kickboxing in my free time, but I probably couldn’t fight my way out of a wet paper bag if I tried.    

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I’ve always thought the human brain to be absolutely fascinating. I read somewhere that we know more about our universe than the brain, which, if true, does not surprise me. It is devastating when intricate processes within the brain go wrong. As most people, I’ve personally experienced the effects dementia can have on an individual and their loved ones. Hence, my interest in dementia is two-fold: I want to understand the processes underlying neurodegeneration.

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