Profile – Will Coath, University College London

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Will Coath


Will Coath

Job title:

Part-time PhD student and Research Fellow

Place of work / study:

University College London

Area of Research:

Neuroimaging in Alzheimer’s disease – mostly amyloid and tau PET.

How is your work funded?

Alzheimer’s Association (Insight 46 project)

Tell us a little about yourself:

I grew up in Chester in North West England, I studied Cognitive Neuroscience & Psychology and then an MSc in Neuroimaging at Manchester University. After my MSc I got an Research Assistant role at the DRC working on the Insight 46 study (1946 British Birth Cohort). After three years I started a part-time PhD working on the analysis of longitudinal amyloid PET scans and I am currently about 18 months from finishing.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I play guitar in an alt-rock band, we do small gigs around London.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I was fascinated with the brain and human behaviour during my undergrad and masters studies. Dementia is such a devastating disease and with no disease modifying treatments available the need for research is so great it felt like an easy choice.

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

Try not to let fear of failure stop you from doing something.

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

Mythos by Stephen Fry, yes i’m enjoying it so far!

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