Sára Erzsebet Zsadányi
Place of work / study:
Sant Pau Memory Unit – Neuroimaging Core and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Area of Research:
Neuroimaging, Down Syndrome
How is your work funded?
Alzheimer’s Association NIH, Carlos III Health Institute
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am coming in to my second year of my PhD now, and very excited to attend my first conference this year as an ISTAART ambassador and as a poster presenter. I am currently doing my thesis on neuroimaging of small vessel disease in Down Syndrome, but I have also done work in the past on healthy brain aging and meditation.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I am from New Zealand originally, and got the biggest culture shock moving to busy, noisy Spain a few years ago!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I lost a grandparent to Alzheimer’s, and also worked in two retirement homes during high school and undergrad, so I know what an impact dementia can have on communities, and hope to make a contribution, big or small, to lessening that impact.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Soak up all of the training activities, journal clubs, presentations and conferences that you can at the early stage of your career.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
War and Peace – only if you’ve got a lot of patience! I’ve been at it for 4 months, and still not sure if I like it, but I also don’t dislike it either.