Julieta Camino de la Llosa
PhD student/Research Assistant for the TASKed Project.
Place of work / study:
University of East Anglia
Area of Research:
How is your work funded:
Scholarship granted by the School of Health Sciences, at UEA.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m an Occupational Therapist by background, and graduated in Buenos Aires, where I worked for many years at INECO (Institute of Cognitive Neurology). I had several roles there, leading the OT team, co-ordinating the dementia day centre and directing a postgraduate course at the University of Favaloro, which was targeted at OTs working with neurological conditions. This course was also offered via an online platform, so OTs from several South American countries participated in it.
I did some research as well, and as part of it, I participated in the validation process on the Spanish version of the ADLQ (Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire).
I moved to the UK six years ago, for personal reasons, and started working for a Memory Service in London, before starting a research job in collaboration with Prof Mioshi at UEA. I had met her 10 years prior to starting at UEA, when she visited INECO to present part of her PhD project. I was awarded a scholarship from the School of Health Sciences at UEA in 2017, and started my PhD in 2018.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I’m an amateur singer and have plenty of fans waiting for my next show every time that I visit Buenos Aires. I sing everywhere I visit and produce videos that I share with them via Facebook.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I worked at a chemist while doing my degree in Occupational Therapy in Buenos Aires, and I was in charge of organising a Weekly Walk for the elderly. While doing this, I grew very fond of them and started researching into age-related issues, and I have found dementia to be an area of great interest ever since then.