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.