Dr Cara Croft
Race Against Dementia Fellow
Place of work / study:
University of Florida and UCL-UK-Dementia Research Institute
Area of Research:
Understanding how genetic risk factors for the diseases that cause dementia can lead to brain cell death, pathology and dysfunction.
How is your work funded?
Race Against Dementia, previously by Brightfocus and NC3Rs.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Manchester followed by a PhD at King’s College London. I moved to the University of Florida for a post-doc position and have since become a Race Against Dementia fellow where my research is split between the University of Florida, UCL-UK-DRI and industry/biotechnology partners. Outside of the lab I enjoy travelling and exploring nature.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Since moving to the University of Florida I get to see alligators on my walk to the lab from the car park. They have become somewhat endearing.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
Dementia is one of the biggest crises to face humanity and without cures or preventions an increasing number of people will lose loved ones to the diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease which cause dementia.