Profile – Dr Susan Mitchell, Alzheimer’s Research UK

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Dr Susan Mitchell


Dr Susan Mitchell

Job title:

Head of Policy

Place of work / study:

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Area of Research:

Risk reduction, brain health, early detection and diagnosis of dementia

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am is Head of Policy, as part of the policy and public affairs team at the UK’s leading dementia research charity, with responsibility for developing evidence-based policy to ensure people affected by dementia benefit from the progress in research. I lead the charity’s policy development and engagement to improve early and accurate diagnosis for dementia, working with multiple stakeholders to develop an evidence base for the case for change. I also have an ongoing interest in dementia risk reduction and brain health, leading Alzheimer’s Research UK engagement with policy makers to reframe dementia risk reduction as the concept of brain health. I have previous experience of management in the NHS and health policy in several clinical areas, and is a former academic volcanologist.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I have a PhD in volcanology.

What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?

Do what you enjoy, there are many possible paths ahead.

What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?

Scoff by Pen Vogler. Its an interesting read on the history of food and class in the UK.

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