Dr Daniel Jimenez
Place of work / study:
Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Chile and Dementia Research Centre, University College London
Area of Research:
Cognitive Neurology and Dementia
How is your work funded:
I am funded by the Chilean Government through the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT)
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a neurologist from Chile working on dementia and cognitive Neurology. I moved to London in 2016 to do an Msc in Dementia before joining the UCL Dementia Research Centre. I am particularly keen on the use of affordable biomarkers in young onset Alzheimer´s disease and the next step in my career is to set up a cognitive disorders clinic in Chile. I am also very interested in Public health since I recognise the huge impact of social and health care inequality on ageing and dementia. I live in London with my wife who is doing a PhD in Education and enjoying the city as much as me.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I was not expecting to play traditional Latin American music as I used to do in Chile when I came to London in 2016. However, I ended up performing my music regularly and even organising a festival of Chilean music thanks to the nice people and musicians that I met here (some of them are dementia researchers as well!).
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I got attracted by Neurology when I was at the medical school but my interest in cognitive neuroscience was sparked by the experience of working with people living with dementia during my specialist clinical training in Chile. The striking contrast between the exciting new discoveries in neurodegeneration and the lack of effective treatments and support for most of the people living with these conditions became my main motivation to work in this field.