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Dr Paul Roach

Name:

Dr Paul Roach

Job title:

Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials and Interface Science

Place of work / study:

Loughborough University

Area of Research:

Biomaterials, neural engineering, biological spectroscopy

How is your work funded?

EU-H2020-FET, EPSRC-MRC, Parkinson’s UK, Cancer Research UK

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m now way past my prime, but try and instil energy and enthusiasm into our next gen scientists. I have 2 young boys who love all things science, to the point that we stay up late watching Science Bob on YouTube. I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, but my parents supported me to do what I enjoy doing. I have 3D printers and a CNC milling machine n my home office, alongside a load of electronics, my guitars and a load a family pictures.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I tell this to the UG students all the time, but I was in a couple of rock bands when at college (guitar) with hair that I could tuck comfortably into my jeans that was, at one point, quite a bright shade of green. – Claim to fame, I once spent a (working) day with Vivienne Parry who bought me a beer in the evening.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

My research area is quite inter- and multidisciplinary. I am really a materials scientist I guess (with chemistry, physics, etc in there as well) but I have always wanted to apply my research into biology for patient benefit. Working closely with a neuroanatomist I started to use my micro-fabrication and materials knowledge to engineer ‘better’ in vitro cultures. Over the years since I started in this area I’ve lost grandparents and parents of friends to neurological diseases, which brings home the drive to be useful to people who need it. I have also worked closely with ‘Friends of Parkies’ network – real people, their families and their carers.

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Comments 1

  1. Blueaye1

    Paul,as I understand it the brain is like a computer and when it fills up you have to free space,like with sufferers not remembering recent stuff,just old memories,would it be possible somehoe to ‘free space’in the human brain?
    Cheers
    Andrew

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