Place of work / study:
Dementia Research Centre, University College London
Area of Research:
Neuroimaging biomarkers, ageing, Alzheimer’s disease
How is your work funded?
Alzheimer’s Research UK
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am from Norwich, studied human biology at the University of Birmingham and worked in neurology research in Nottingham before joining UCL.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I play drums in a band, and guitar and bass just for fun.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
Since I first started learning about the nervous system, I have been interested in how changes in the brain can cause changes in people’s memory and behaviour. After working with patients with Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis, I became more interested in how specific changes in the brain can relate to clinical symptoms and how neurological conditions might be treated.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Talk to other researchers and offer to help with their research if it is relevant to what you want to pursue and are interested in, even if it is not necessarily within your job description. I found by doing this I gained a lot of skills, connections and some publications which have been really useful for me.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy – yes (Livewired by David Eagleman is an an interesting neurology-related book I would also recommend)
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