Profile – Fiona Kinsella, University College London

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Fiona Kinsella


Fiona Kinsella

Job title:

Study Coordinator

Place of work / study:

UCL Huntington’s Disease Centre

Area of Research:

Digital and Biofluid Biomarkers

How is your work funded?

Primarily by Roche Pharmaceuticals (digital biomarker work) and CHDI (biofluid biomarker work)

Tell us a little about yourself:

I currently coordinate the Digital-HD and HDClarity studies at University College London (UCL) in Professor Edward Wild’s research group. My research interests are Huntington’s disease (HD) biomarkers. Specifically, digital and biofluid biomarkers. I received my BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience and a minor in chemistry from Western Washington University while working in Professor Jeff Carroll’s pre-clinical HD research lab and gained a MRes in Translational Neuroscience at UCL. I hope to continue my studies by pursuing a PhD and medical degree.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

My side passion is forensic neuropsychiatry/neurocriminology! Let’s talk about it!

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I have always been fascinated by the brain and what is happening when things go wrong. However, really it was meeting and working with the patients themselves that keeps me in this area of research. They are such a close-knit community, bonded by this terrible disease but their dedication to research keeps me dedicated as well. Now I can’t imagine NOT working in this field!

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

There are an unlimited amount of paths to take to get where you want to go in life. Don’t be afraid to take a scenic detour!

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

Crime and Punishment. Would definitely recommend but certain translations are better than others!

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