Careers Week

Making it Brain – What its like to be a dementia researcher

From the UK Dementia Research Institute

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This week the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) hosted its first research and careers mini-conference for late-stage (16+) secondary school students!

This provided a brilliant opportunity to learn more about the career of an academic scientist or clinician and their fascinating research into the workings of the brain. They showcasing diverse topics from across the Institute – from cells to circuits, systems to patients!

Hear from leading researchers about their motivations and the journeys that led them into the field of neuroscience and neurodegenerative disease, followed by a live Q&A.

They also be take you behind the scenes of a working laboratory in a series of videos to experience the range of techniques they use to investigate the brain and its unique characteristics.

Although aimed at those in the later stages of secondary school (16-18), students of any age can attend including undergraduates.

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he UK DRI breaks new ground by bringing together world-leading expertise in biomedical, care and translational dementia research in a national institute currently made up of over 600 researchers and a support team of over 50, all growing rapidly.

The institute carries out research relevant to all dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, Huntington’s disease and beyond.

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