Dr Jochum van ‘t Hooft
Place of work / study:
Alzheimer Center Amsterdam; currently doing an international Fellowship at the UCL Dementia Research Centre
Area of Research:
Musicality in dementia
How is your work funded?
The Dutch Alzheimer Association
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am PhD student and medical doctor from the Alzheimer Center Amsterdam, and I am fascinated by the biology of musicality and music behaviour in dementia.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I love Donald Duck pockets
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
Inspired by the work of Professor Jason Warren from the DRC, I learned that patients with frontotemporal dementia can give us unique insights into the biological basis of fundamentally human traits such as social behaviour, creativity, humour, and musicality. We started a project at the Alzheimer Center Amsterdam to investigate musicality in our cohort of patients with frontotemporal dementia in order to better understand behavioural changes, and ultimately improve diagnostics.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Find a topic that you love and don’t stress too much about the timeline of your papers.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
Being you – Anil Seth; would very much recommend
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