I studied BSc neuroscience and MSc neuroimaging at University of Glasgow and King’s College London, respectively. For my postgraduate research, I studied memory networks in healthy older adults using resting-state and diffusion MRI. After graduation, I stayed on as a visiting researcher to expand this project, and presented a poster at FENS Forum of Neuroscience 2016.
The DTP has helped me understand the basic neuroscience underlying my research. By knowing about cellular and sub-cellular research techniques, I can better complement my network-focused approach. I also enjoy being in a cohort with a broad range of expertise, who provide an alternative perspective towards my research.
Exploring cognitive and metabolic reserve in healthy ageing
Many brain functions decline during healthy ageing, including memory, attention, and problem-solving. Some people experience less deterioration than others. Various factors determine the level of brain function, even if none causes decline on its own. A certain level of capability is necessary for parts of the brain to communicate with each other. Below a critical point, brain networks become dysfunctional, and our ability for certain tasks can diminish. Being further from this point ameliorates impairments which could cause problems. I am looking for a marker that could predict how far someone is from this point.