Dr Tam Watermeyer
Lecturer (Department of Psychology, Northumbria University); Research Fellow (Centre for Dementia Prevention, Edinburgh University)
Place of work / study:
Area of Research:
Dementia and chronic motor conditions; neuropsychological assessment, cross-cultural dementia assessment, dementia prediction, intervention and prevention; caregiver outcomes.
How is your work funded?
Medical Research Council; Motor Neurone Disease Association. I am also grateful to Health & Care Research Wales (formerly NISCHR), Innovative Medicines Initiative and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Research & Development, LLC as well as members of the public for their generous funding of projects I was attached to throughout my post-doctoral work.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am passionate about brain health and keen to develop a multi disciplined approach to my work. My interests span observational, experimental, epidemiological and interventional research, mostly in neurodegenerative conditions (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Motor Neurone Disease), but also healthy adult populations.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I have visited Edinburgh castle 15 times. I can basically deliver the guided tour. I am not even that interested in castles…
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
Dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions are not only fascinating conditions, biologically, but they present psychological, social and economic burdens on individuals, their families and society in general. It’s a problem in dire need of addressing and I want to help towards the solution.