RAD Welcomes Ellen Dicks To The Team – The RAD-Mayo Fellow

Posted on the 6th January 2020

Race Against Dementia will provide a post-doctoral research position at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. After a global search, Ellen Dicks will join the research team of neurologist David T. Jones, M.D., for three years from Q1 2020.

Ellen is from Amsterdam VUMC, where she has spent the last three years investigating various aspects of brain connectivity and the impact on disease progression.

“We are pleased and honored with this relationship and are excited to begin the collaboration with Ellen and Amsterdam VUMC to make cutting-edge advances on brain networks in aging and Alzheimer’s disease,” Dr. Jones said.

Ellen will be part of a world-class research team, developing a new disease model of age-associated neurodegeneration within a complex systems framework, using cutting edge multi-modal functional, structural, and molecular neuroimaging and neuropathological data from a large normal aging population and dementia patients.

“I am very excited to join the Race Against Dementia team as a postdoctoral researcher within Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, in collaboration with the Alzheimer Center Amsterdam and, in this way, contribute to accelerating dementia research. My past research has focused on the relationship between brain connectivity loss and disease progression in Alzheimer’s disease. With this fellowship, I am eager to further advance our understanding of the biological basis of brain connectivity.

We still don’t know how measures of brain connectivity change in response to, interact with and have downstream effects on other disease-related processes. This is crucial for further developing these measures as biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease, clinical trial development and to better understand the Alzheimer’s disease pathological cascade – with the ultimate goal to prevent brain connectivity loss from occurring.

With the excellent mentorship program, combining both world-leading researchers and industry professionals, this fellowship provides an ideal platform to investigate these questions. I am very grateful to Sir Jackie Stewart and the RAD-Mayo leadership for their vision and being given the opportunity to be part of this team.”

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