Dr Claire Pentecost
IDEAL Programme Manager
Place of work / study:
University of Exeter
Area of Research:
How is your work funded?
Alzheimer’s Society and ESRC, UKRI
Tell us a little about yourself:
I have worked if different research areas such as catching athletes taking drugs, exercise to treat diabetes, exercise with talking therapy to treat depression and now, how to live well with Dementia. As a researcher, I have experience in different types of methods to test research questions, but really like qualitative research because I enjoy hearing about peoples real life stories. I am a strong advocate for Patient and Public Involvement to ensure we ask the right questions and produce answers that have the most impact. Being a Research Manager can be hard work but I choose projects where I think the research question is important and the research quality is high and so knowing the answers will benefit people’s health makes the work very rewarding.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
When I am working at home my dog is in the bed near my desk and she likes a mid-morning nap. Often when I am in on-line meetings I have to mute the audio because she is snoring.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
There was an opportunity to work with the IDEAL team and I could see that they were going great work in understanding how people with dementia are doing well, and how we can help those who are struggling. This role has given me the chance to work with some inspiring people – from NHS staff, researchers, charities policy makers and direct with people with dementia and their carers.