Dr Sarah Bauermeister
Senior Researcher and Senior Data Manager
Place of work / study:
University of Oxford, Dementias Platform UK
Area of research:
Cognitive neuropsychology, psychometric analysis, cohort data.
How is your work currently funded:
MRC funding of DPUK and EPAD a public private partnership.
Tell us a little about yourself:
Two of my notable characteristics as a young child was that I was fascinated by the human body, spending pocket money on anatomy books, and I loved research, often writing my own mini-projects on any topic I had recently read about. I am now a senior researcher at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, working for Professor John Gallacher, Director of Dementias Platform UK (DPUK). I work and supervise across multiple projects as a multidisciplinary and psychometric analyst for the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (EPAD) study and DPUK. I am also senior data manager DPUK, a data repository platform for over 2 million participants across 45+ population and disease-specific cohorts.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
When I left school I was drawn towards studying a sports science degree in my home country of South Africa where I had grown up running bare foot before my coach bought me shoes.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
My research path changed when I experienced losing two close family members to cerebrovascular incidents, and a family friend was diagnosed with early onset dementia within the year. After a career break I decided to focus on the ageing brain and cognition in psychology completing a PhD in cognitive ageing which included a brain imaging project.