Dr Connor Richardson
Neuro-epidemiology Research Associate
Place of work / study:
Newcastle University Population Health Sciences Institute
Area of Research:
I am the research statistician for the Cognitive Function and Ageing studies (CFAS) multi-centre population cohort. My main interest is in risk of dementia and cognitive impairment in the population.
Now I am interested in using advanced statistical modelling and machine learning to measure dementia risk in the CFAS Neuropathology brain cohort.
How is your work funded?
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am local of northeast England, growing up in Ashington an old mining town in Northumberland. I was the first in my family to study for a degree, I studied Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle University. After a brief stint in London, I returned to Newcastle to study for an MSc in public health research and went on to study for my PhD in Epidemiology.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I am a dog obsessive and live with my two Pomapoo’s Bailey and Lyra.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I was first drawn to dementia research as it is often the disease people “fear” the most, with the biggest risk factor, age, increasing for all of us every day!
I love how dementia research is fascinating across multiple disciplines from biology, data science, social science as well as political and economics in the context of population ageing.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Working in research can be overwhelming at times, take time to take care of yourself, and prevent burn out.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
Currently re-reading The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey