Dr Eleftheria Pervolaraki
BHF Research Fellow
Place of work / study:
University of Leeds
Area of Research:
Cardiac Function and Development
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am originally from Greece, but I obtained my university education in the UK, with a PhD from Cardiff University. I worked on the neuroscience field for years, with post-doc positions in the UK and the US. In the University of Leeds I started studying the function of the heart and developing new techniques which can be translated into the clinic and be used for better diagnosis and prognosis. I became known for my work on the development of the human heart during pregnancy. I won an award as the best researcher in the area for the year 2017, and my work gained coverage by the BBC, numerous news outlets and the Greek media where I made an appearance on the 8 o’clock news.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Although I’ve been with my husband for over 11 years, I have more than 1800 pictures of my cat in my phone and none of him!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
My colleague Dr James Dachtler works primarily in dementia, and we have collaborated for years. Together we have brainstormed over countless hours and we have worked on his project for some time. We know that dementia patients have heart problems and we want to investigate the negative effects of cardiac dysfunction on the brain. My goal is to study the changes in cardiac function and structure in dementia models and investigate the effects of cardiac treatment on the brain.