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Podcast Profile – Dr Claire Lancaster

Name:

Dr Claire Lancaster

Job Title:

Postdoctoral Cognitive Scientist

Place of work / study:

University of Oxford Big Data Institute

Area of research:

Cognition (including the development of novel digital assessment), early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, and the impact of risk factors across the lifespan.

How is your work currently funded:

Eli-Lilly and Roche pharmaceuticals

Tell us a little about yourself:            

I have a background in Experimental Psychology, completing my PhD at the University of Sussex before moving to the University of Oxford for my current postdoctoral position.  My research emphasises the importance of sensitive cognitive measurement for the detection of risk earlier in the lifespan. At present, I’m working on the development of digital, smartphone-based markers of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease – we are currently running the GameChanger study, a citizen science project supported by Alzheimer’s Society.

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.

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