Dr Nicolas Farina
Place of work / study:
Centre for Dementia Studies, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Area of Research:
I have eclectic research interests spanning from the benefits of physical activity, to identifying ways to maintain and improve people’s quality of life. The consistent element of my research is that it always involves people with dementia. More recently, my research interests have moved to understand people’s attitudes of dementia and also how best to improve them. My research occurs both in national and international settings, which can be observed in some of the research projects that I am involved in.
How is your research funded:
A combination of internal funding, Global Challenges Fund, and other charities.
Tell us a little about yourself:
Originally from Suffolk, I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Neuroscience at Keele University. I then went on to complete a postgraduate degree in Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol. It was at this point in my career I gained an interest in research, and therefore pursued a PhD in Psychology at the University of Sussex, where I explored the relationship between habitual physical activity and cognition in dementia. Since 2014 I have been working at Brighton and Sussex Medical School at the Centre for Dementia Studies.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I love to travel! In my adult life I have travelled to 28 unique countries (and have a keyring souvenir from each of them).
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I have always wanted to make a positive contribution to society. Dementia has a profound impact on so many people, I just want to do my part.