Research assistant and PhD student
Place of work / study:
Dementia Research Centre, University College London
Area of Research:
Neurodegenerative diseases, dementia research
How is your research funded:
Supervisor grants and Dementia Research Centre local funds
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a first year part-time PhD student studying the potential use of certain neurocognitive assessments as early markers for dementia in Alzheimer’s disease related pathologies. My current work focuses on using techniques such as eye tracking and computer-based tasks to do this and focuses on target populations like familial Alzheimer’s disease; a rare autosomal dominantly inherited condition. As part of my research assistant work I assist with further cognitive assessments in other dementia conditions and facilitate the familial Alzheimer’s disease support group (rare dementia support).
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
My family travelled a lot when I was little and I was lucky enough to learn four different languages due to circumstances.
Why did you choose to work in dementia:
I started studying basic sciences and did Biology as an undergrad in Switzerland. When we were introduced to neuroscience lectures, I knew this was what I wanted to do. The elegance and complexity of the subject and the possibly to help others was what I was looking for in a career/life style.