Profile – Matthew Harrison

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Matthew Harrison


Matthew Harrison

Job title:

Senior Design Associate

Place of work / study:

Helix Centre, Imperial College London

Area of Research:

Dementia Care Technology

How is your work funded?

UK Dementia Research Institute (Alzheimer’s Society and MRC)

Tell us a little about yourself:

As a designer, my interest is in making sure that technology is developed in such a way that it fits the needs and aspirations of the people that are going to use it. We do this by working with the people we are designing for to make sure that their voice is heard as early on in the research and design process as possible. Designing within healthcare can be very frustrating at times, but also extremely rewarding, knowing that you are doing work that can have a meaningful impact on people’s lives.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

My new lockdown hobbies include garden bird photography, baking cakes and cycling around Oxfordshire.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I worked in healthcare for a while, but focussed on dementia after caring for my father who had early onset vascular dementia. I could see from my own experiences that technology had a big role to play in improving the lives of people with dementia, especially in helping them remain living at home, and wanted to help make this happen.

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