Dr Aisling McFall
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Place of work / study:
The Centre for Translational Pharmacology, University of Glasgow
Area of Research:
I work on a group of receptors called muscarinic receptors which are the target of one of the most commonly used drugs in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, I study the M1 muscarinic receptor because this subtype is highly expressed in the brain and has been shown to be involved in cognition. I am investigating the function of the M1 receptor in greater detail so we can design better drugs for Alzheimer’s disease with fewer side effects.
How is your work funded?
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m from Belfast but have lived in Glasgow since 2015 when I started my PhD programme. I live with my husband, toddler, and our cat Frasier but I’m trying to persuade him to get another cat or a dog! I love baking, running and walking in the beautiful highlands of Scotland, but since my daughter came along she takes up a lot of my time.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
For a few months I was one of the holders for the world record of the world’s largest practical science lesson.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I worked on stroke research during my PhD which led me to become interested in dementia research because about a quarter of people who have a stroke go on to develop dementia. I find the brain fascinating but I know how awful it can be when something goes wrong with how it functions. I’m a dementia researcher because I want us to find a way to stop this disease and keep brains healthier for longer.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Say yes more often and grab opportunities when they come your way.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – yes highly recommend!