Dr Ríona McArdle
Place of work / study:
Area of Research:
Applications of wearable technology and gait analysis for dementia diagnosis and care.
How is your research funded:
My PhD was funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, my post-doc is funded by Cure Parkinson’s trust.
Tell us a little about yourself:
My aim is to empower people with dementia to live independently for longer through better diagnosis and post-diagnostic care. I am passionate about engaging everyone with research and manage the World Young Leaders in Dementia’s blog. I’m the North Regional Co-Lead for the DEMON Network.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I collect vintage fashion, and am mostly likely to be found wearing something with shoulder pads.
Why did you choose to work in dementia:
I’m fascinated by how changes in our brain can lead to changes in behaviour and everyday functioning. This inspired me to begin a career in applied neuropsychology and neuroscience. My grandmother lived when dementia when I was a child, but I didn’t understand what was wrong with her at the time. When a PhD in dementia research came up, it gave me the perfect opportunity to mix my academic interests with my curiosity about my grandmother’s diagnosis. Working one-to-one with people with dementia during my PhD study changed my aims from understanding the brain to trying to make a positive difference for people living with dementia by improving diagnostic and care services.