Dr Jodi Watt
Postdoctoral Research Analyst
Place of work / study:
Area of Research:
Dementia and healthy ageing
How is your work funded?
Dementia Platforms UK
Tell us a little about yourself:
My particular academic interests are in both healthy ageing and neurodegenerative diseases of older age, and I am currently working on drug repurposing for dementia. My prior work focused on understanding structural, metabolic and physiological brain changes with age, as measured using magnetic resonance imaging. As a queer and neurodiverse person, I am also incredibly interested in improving diversity and inclusion practices both within and outside of the academic context.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
In my spare time, I practice aerial hoop and corde lisse.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
Dementia has directly affected my family and something that I have grown up around, sadly seeing its devastating effects first hand, many times over. I wanted to try and make a positive difference for those living with dementia and their families.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
It is okay to seek support.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
I am re-reading House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, although I am not sure if I would recommend it. It is infuriating and complex to follow, but yet is intriguing enough that I always come back to it.
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