Dr Chris Hardy
Senior Research Fellow
Place of work / study:
Area of Research:
Clinical neuroscience of dementias
Tell us a little about yourself:
I finished my PhD at University College London in 2017, working with Professors Jason Warren and Seb Crutch. My current research is funded by a Pauline Ashley Fellowship, funded jointly by Action on Hearing Loss and the Dunhill Medical Trust, and I am investigating symptoms of hearing loss in people with Alzheimer’s disease and the primary progressive aphasias: a set of rarer ‘language-led’ dementias. I also have a part-time role as Education Officer for Rare Dementia Support (www.raredementiasupport.org). Outside of work, I love sports of all kinds – and find that I’m often at my most inventive with research when I’m running!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
In September 2016, I completed an Ironman triathlon to raise money for Rare Dementia Support. It took me over 13 hours, comprising a 3.8km swim, followed by a 180km cycle, and then a full marathon. It was a hideous experience and I will never do another one, but I did raise over £3,000 in sponsorship.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
My family has been affected by dementia, as is the case for so many people now. That experience – watching the person you know and love slipping away in front of your eyes – has definitely motivated me to want to make a difference. More broadly, I think this is the single-most important health issue of our time, and the thing that drives me to work hard is the tantalising thought that my research could help other people in the future.
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