Profile – Ruby Ali-Strayton

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Ruby Ali-Strayton

Job Title:

Member of the Alzheimer’s Society Research Network and carer for my mum who has Alzheimer’s disease

Place of work / study:

I work as a freelance journalist and volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Society

What does your role involve:

Appraising research and health grant proposals, participating in as many studies as possible, contributing to the RN newsletter, highlighting the work of both the RN and the AS whenever and wherever I can. I also try and recruit members, especially those from ethnic minorities who are currently under-represented in all spheres of dementia research.

Tell us a little about yourself:            

Professionally, I am a journalist and worked on local and then national newspapers for many years. After my mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s almost four years ago I re-focussed my efforts giving more of my time to dementia-related issues. I moved to Norfolk (to be near my mum) – pretty but flat as a pancake – and spend a lot of my time in London. I like doing things that (unfortunately) cost money – travelling, theatre, eating out –  and other things that (fortunately) don’t – reading, writing and playing the sitar (badly)!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

Before he hit the heady heights of fame, Nick Hornby was my English teacher.

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