Place of work / study:
The University of Edinburgh
Area of Research:
Clinical Trials in MND, wearable devices and extra-motor outcome measures
How is your work funded?
Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic and Euan Macdonald Centre for MND Research
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a second year PhD researcher at the University of Edinburgh, at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, working in clinical trials in MND. My background is in psychology and I am particularly interested in how we can support more people with MND to engage in clinical trials and use new digital health technologies to assess motor symptoms.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
When not working away in research I will be found exploring Edinburgh with my dog Indy, a husky cross. He is named after Indiana Jones and definitely lived up to the adventurer name.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I currently work primarily in MND; however, I am interested in how our findings in trial delivery can be applicable across all neurological conditions. MND often occurs on a spectrum with frontotemporal dementia, with many people experiencing both conditions. As a result, I believe our work on improving trial engagement and using wearable devices as outcome measures will also be helpful in dementia trials.