Dr Lindsey Sinclair
Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry
Place of work / study:
University of Bristol
Area of Research:
Ageing and mental health
How is your work funded:
I’ve just been awarded a junior fellowship by the Alzheimer’s Society (so thrilled) but my previous work has been funded by BRACE Alzheimer’s Research, the David Telling Charitable Trust, Dementia Platforms UK and the British Neuropathological Society. I am also immensely grateful to the NHS for funding my salary whilst I was in training.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m a psychiatrist and post-doctoral researcher. I spend my clinical time seeing older adults with the whole gamut of mental health problems. I’ve loved science since I was very young and feel so lucky to have been able to do research alongside my clinical training. My research is based in the South West Dementia Brain Bank and my current projects focus on the relationship between depression and dementia.
I’m also involved in the Royal College of Psychiatrists project to improve training in neuroscience for Psychiatrists and co-lead the South West Neuroscience in Psychiatry network.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I love cooking, especially baking. My children see this as a challenge and up the ante each year with the birthday cake requests. Last year it was a 3D Hogwarts castle complete with lake and mountains. Who knew that peak flow measurement tubes wrapped in icing would make perfect turrets? Hopefully this year they will ask for something a bit less ambitious!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
All of my grandparents had different kinds of dementia, so I have personal experience of how devastating it can be for patients and those around them. I have never forgotten my grandmother snarling at me like an animal when I went to visit her in her care home and her cup of tea didn’t come fast enough. As a 14-year-old it was just too much to cope with, but as an adult I really want to make a difference for other families affected by dementia.