Place of work / study:
University of Nottingham
Area of Research:
Memory, ageing, brain structure and function (using MRI)
Tell us a little about yourself:
Having grown up in and studied in Canada, been a visiting scientist in Germany, worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the USA, and now hold a faculty position in the UK—I’ve seen how academia can differ between countries.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I used to be a website designer/programmer before became a researcher, and I try to use my graphics designing and programming background in my research (writing analysis toolboxes, designing posters, etc.).
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
My main interest is in understanding how memory works—as our memories of the past are so fundamental to who we are and how we will act in the future. My primary training is in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, studying how memory relates to brain structure and function. One of the most evident changes with aging and dementia is changes in memory ability and I hope that a better understanding of how memory functions can inform our understanding of aging and dementia as well as support the development of deliberate memory strategies that can make older adults more resilient to memory deficits.