I worked as a Clinical Research Associate from 2012-2015 in the Biomedical Research Centre. This post was funded by two BRC-funded studies, AMPLE and LewyPro. The BRC also funded my PhD during this time. I had the opportunity to develop my skills in clinical research through supervision with leading researchers in the field and a training programme through the University and BRC. Following this post I obtained an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship and subsequently an NIHR Clinical Lectureship. This enabled me to finish my work on the AMPLE and LewyPro studies and lead my own pilot studies. I have subsequently been funded by the BRC for an Intermediate Fellowship.
My research has focussed on increasing our understanding of dementia with Lewy bodies and improving early diagnosis. AMPLE and LewyPro were funded by the BRC with additional support received funding from imaging ligand companies, demonstrating collaboration with the Industry. They have resulted in several perr-reviewed publications and International presentations. Publications from the LewyPro study have informed the development of clinical guidelines for the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment with Lewy bodies.
I have subsequently been successful in receiving funding for pilot studies from the Lewy Body Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK. I have also received funding to supervise a PhD project from the Alzheimer’s Society.
I am currently developing applications for fellowship funding and will submit applications in 2020 to the Wellcome Trust and MRC. This funding would enable me to take the next steps towards becoming an independent, leading researcher in the field of dementia with Lewy bodies.