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Profile – Dr Chris Henstridge


Dr Chris Henstridge

Job Title:

Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher

Place of work / study:

University of Edinburgh

Area of research:

Synaptic changes in normal ageing and in neurodegenerative disease

How is your work funded?

My own 3yr MND Scotland grant

Tell us a little about yourself:            

Born in the FAR North of Scotland, I studied Pharmacology in Glasgow and did my PhD in Neuroscience in Dundee. I then spent 4yrs working in Budapest, Hungary before returning to Scotland (Edinburgh) in 2014. I have worked on various topics ranging from cannabis receptor signalling to synaptic pathology in Alzheimer’s disease. I have been married for 1.5years and have a 5wk old baby girl called Ivy. I am trying to adjust to sleep deprivation, while also negotiating a house sale/purchase, mortgage applications, new lab administration and grant applications!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:           

I have 2 house rabbits called Bella and Bramble.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

The brain has always fascinated me, especially when things go wrong in diseases such as dementia. I am passionate about trying to discover what anatomical and molecular changes lead to the manifestation of cognitive decline.

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