Cara Croft PhD awarded the McKnight Leadership Award

Posted on the 28th October 2020

Race Against Dementia are delighted to announce that RAD Fellow, Cara Croft PhD, has been awarded a McKnight Leadership Award recognising her as a rising leader in the field of dementia research. The award provides an additional $2,500 towards her research as well as the opportunity to share her research with the McKnight Brain Institute (MBI) members.

The McKnight Leadership Awards, awarded by the McKnight Brain Institute recognise excellence in neuroscience.

Cara has been chosen for this award for her achievements in neuroscience research, education and outreach whilst working at the University of Florida in the first year of a Race Against Dementia Fellowship.

Congratulations Cara!

Being recognized with a McKnight leadership award in the second year of my RAD fellowship is a great achievement made possible by RAD supporting my career development and ambitious global inter-institutional dementia research.

My research is focussed on understanding how neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease lead to brain cell death and dysfunction. I am particularly interested in determining how known genetic risk factors for these diseases impact upon the development and progression of key disease features. By learning more about these processes I hope to develop new options for the prevention and treatment of these diseases. Alongside my research I am committed to widening participation of first-generation students in Neuroscience education and research.

At the MBI I am surrounded by established and rising leaders in Neuroscience, so I am honoured to be named as a McKnight leadership award recipient. It is wonderful to be recognized for my contributions to Neuroscience research, education and outreach which have only been achievable due to the supportive and collegiate environment of the MBI and affiliated departments.

Cara Croft PhD

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