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Aiko Robert

Name:

Aiko Robert

Job title:

MSc. Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Neuroscience) Student

Place of work / study:

Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London

Area of Research:

Alzheimer’s disease

How is your work funded?

N/A

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am French/Japanese and have been living in London for nearly 4 years, since the start of my studies. I started with a Bsc in Neuroscience at King’s College London, barely knowing what Neuroscience actually was. Throughout my degree, I progressively developed a strong interest in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in particular, and have since conducted research on different aspects of the disease, as part of my studies. The MSc in Dementia (Neuroscience) at University College London seemed like the apparent next step. I am hoping to pursue my academic journey with a PhD to investigate the pathological mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease in the future.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I have had a now 86 year-old pen-friend for over 13 years.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

In the second year of my Bsc, I started volunteering in the geriatric ward of a hospital in London. Sadly, many of the elderly patients suffered from dementia, and I witnessed the reality of this devastating syndrome. I realized I was far too emotional/sensitive to pursue a career involving direct patient contact, but wished to contribute to deepening our understanding of these diseases.

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