Dr Timothy Rittman
Place of work / study:
University of Cambridge and Addenbrookes Hospital
Area of Research:
Neuroimaging and cognition in Parkinson’s plus disorders
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a neurology registrar and research scientist using imaging to understand how neurodegenerative diseases progress through the brain. My main clinical and research interests are the Parkinson’s plus disorders of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Corticobasal syndrome. I am on the steering group of the World Young Leaders in Dementia and have an interest in public engagement with neuroscience as the scientific adviser to the Folkestone Festival of the Brain. I trained as a medical student in Nottingham and have worked in Lincoln, Nottingham and London before coming to the East of England in 2010. I have two children aged 6 and 4, both born during my PhD.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I love playing the piano and the church organ whenever I get the chance.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
During my undergraduate studies I attended a short course of the neuropathology of dementia and since then I’ve been hooked. I met people with dementia as a doctor and was struck by the change in personality and personhood that these diseases can produce, but also fascinated about how the pathologies of dementia change the brain in very specific ways. I became determined to learn more about dementia and to improve the lives for people living with these conditions.