Profile – Dr Claire Durrant


Dr Claire Durrant

Job Title:

Post Doc

Place of work / study:

The John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge

Area of Research:

Organotypic slice culture models of Alzheimer’s disease. My main interest is in understanding mechanisms of synapse loss and exploring ways to prevent this happening.

How is your work funded:

A 3 year ARUK postdoctoral research project.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I live in Cambridge with my husband and two very fluffy (and spoilt!) cats. At work, you’ll often find me in the Brain Repair Centre garden reading papers, planning experiments and refilling the bird feeders! When I am not in the lab, I love to travel, hike and spend as much time as I can out in nature.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I volunteer as a “Bat Safari” guide for the Wildlife Trust, taking people out to watch bats on the river Cam at night.

Why did you choose to work in dementia:

In my opinion, dementia is one of the biggest health challenges facing modern society. I have seen, in my own family, how it can impact both the person living with it, and the people who care deeply about them. I would love to see a world where a dementia can be prevented, halted or even reversed.

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