Dr Ross Paterson
Principal Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Neurologist
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Area of Research:
I am a clinical (cognitive) neurologist and biomarker researcher with a particular interest in measuring protein turnover in humans.
How is your work funded?
I hold an Alzheimer’s Association clinician scientist fellowship and a Part the Cloud grant. I am also supported by the UK Dementia Research Institute and the Queen Square BRC. I receive industry funding through my role as co-lead of the Neurofilament Light consortium.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am originally from Renfrewshire in Scotland and my family are from Skye. I trained in Glasgow, London, Brussels and San Francisco. I now live in London.
I work at the Dementia Research Centre at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 70% of the time, and I spend 30% of my week doing clinical work. I have close collaborations with groups at Washington University, St Louis and the University of Gothenburg.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Although I love cutting edge science, I am also fascinated by old things: old cars (especially French); antiques; old paintings. Some say I was born in the wrong era.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I have always been interested in understanding disease mechanisms, and dementia is a pretty interesting mechanistic puzzle to think about. The neurological, and specifically the cognitive examination are . I lived with my gran in my first year of university, and she had moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Be persistent and work on what you are passionate about.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
I have just finished reading a novel by my good friend Kit Ingram, called Fireworks and Hurricanes, which I would thoroughly recommend.