Dr Claire Lancaster
Place of work / study:
University of Sussex
Area of research:
Early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease and lifespan risk reduction, with a particular focus on the ApoE gene.
How is your work currently funded:
Tell us a little about yourself:
My research investigates the cognitive consequences of brain overactivity in healthy carriers of a genetic risk for Alzheimer’s Disease – the ApoE4 gene, and tests whether we can moderate risk signatures pharmacologically and using lifestyle interventions.
I have a background in Experimental Psychology, completing my PhD at the University of Sussex before moving to the University of Oxford to work on the ‘digital biomarkers for preclinical dementia’ project. As part of this work, I designed and validated smartphone-based cognitive tasks, targeted at the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I live with two fabulous rescue cats called George and Lord Barrington…. I was only responsible for naming one of them.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
It feels like society is only just beginning to have a conversation about dementia; we still have so much to understand about the factors which contribute to cognitive health across the lifespan. I was drawn to the challenge of this research area and would love to contribute to improving the lives of those living with dementia.