Dr Ellen Dicks
Race Against Dementia Fellow
Place of work / study:
Alzheimer Center Amsterdam, Amsterdam & Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA
Area of Research:
Understanding the biological basis of brain connectivity loss and its role in Alzheimer’s disease progression.
How is your work funded?
Race Against Dementia
Tell us a little about yourself:
I completed my master’s degree in biology with a specialization in biological information processing at the RWTH Aachen in Germany. During that time, I started to become really interested in the brain processes that underlie cognitive function (such as memory) and how these processes are disrupted due to diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. In 2016, I began my PhD research at the Alzheimercenter Amsterdam to investigate the relationship between brain connectivity and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease. Just after the completion of my PhD I started as a Race Against Dementia fellow to better understand the biological basis of brain connectivity loss in Alzheimer’s disease. I will split my time working at the Alzheimercenter in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, US.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
At one point, I could say “Thursday” in eleven languages. This started because I could only remember the word for “Thursday” in Hungarian out of the days of the week and, out of interest, looked it up in other languages. Now, I’m shamefully down to six.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
Dementia is one of the most devastating diseases for those who suffer from it as well as for their carers and loved ones. You lose yourself, all that is unique about you, your memories – down to essential activities of daily living. An ever increasing number of people are facing this burden, making it so much more important that we find effective treatment and intervention strategies now.
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