Profile – Emilie Brotherhood, University College London

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Emilie Brotherhood

Job Title:

Research Fellow / part-time PhD student

Place of work / study:

Dementia Research Centre, Institute of Neurology, University College London

Area of research:

Rare dementias, support groups

How is your work funded:

ESRC-NIHR Dementia Research Initiative 2018

Tell us a little about yourself:

Current research includes:

  • Rare Dementia Support (RDS) Impact Study (@RDS_ImpactStudy) (2019-2023 | ESRC/NIHR);
  • PhD investigating physiological responses to music in people living with Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) and typical Alzheimer’s Disease (tAD).

Previous research includes:

  • Created Out of Mind (arts, sciences and dementia) (@createdhub) (2016 – 2018 | Wellcome Hub Award)
  • Computational PLatform for the Assessment of Cognition In Dementia (2015-2018 | EPSRC)

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

An apple juice carton I submitted to Wellcome Collection was proudly displayed as part of their ‘Making Nature’ exhibition

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

My first experience of dementia was with a family friend who had a rarer form of dementia called FTD, which primarily affected her behaviour and personality in her 50s. I was confused at first as I thought dementia was mainly about memory and happened to people much older, but became interested as I learned that dementia could be related to difficulty with any number of aspects of cognition. Despite my hope that one day there will be a disease-modifying treatment, I am passionate about research which helps people who already live with the condition.


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