Dr David Steadman
Place of work / study:
UCL Alzheimer’s Research UK – Drug Discovery Institute
Area of research:
How is your work funded:
Alzheimer’s Research UK
Tell us a little about yourself:
I did a PhD in organic chemistry at UCL and have post-doc’d on several drug discovery projects in antibacterials and immuno-oncology. I am currently working on the development and discovery of new drugs to treat neurodegeneration at the UCL ARUK DDI.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I am lead guitarist for London-based covers band, Love Volcano (www.lovevolcano.com). I also became a dad in January this year, which basically means I haven’t slept since Christmas!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
As a chemist, Alzheimer’s drug discovery represents a significant challenge, since AD drug discovery to date essentially has a 100% failure rate. Trying to identify, validate and drug novel molecular targets is an absolute necessity if we are to treat this disease, and I like to think that I am helping to aid this effort, even if only in some small way.