Smashing Stereotypes, Dr Christy Hung: Together we can do so much

Posted on the 9th March 2021

Dr Christy Hung

Christy is a Race Against Dementia fellow at University College London. Race Against Dementia is a global charity, founded by three-time Formula One world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, to fund breakthroughs in dementia research by applying the principles and expertise that have spurred incredible innovation in the fast-paced world of Formula One.

 

Growing up in Hong Kong, I have always had a strong passion for biosciences, particularly human biology. It was during my final year research project looking at the neural tube development in mouse embryos that I first became interested in neuroscience. Driven by this passion, I went on to pursue a PhD in neuroscience.

My research is focused on the lysosomal and autophagy pathway, which acts like a ‘waste disposal system’ within the brain cells that remove and recycle damaged material to prevent the build-up of toxic waste. I am particularly interested in understanding how genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease disrupt this ‘waste disposal system’ and whether boosting the productivity of the brain’s clean-up machinery could be an effective way of treating Alzheimer’s disease.

As Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”. One of the best parts of my job is getting to meet and connect with other scientists from around the world. For me, collaborations are absolutely the key to success in scientific research. By bringing together people with different expertise, it promotes greater creativity and faster progress, giving us a real opportunity to translate cutting-edge research into real-world solutions. I am extremely grateful to be part of the first cohort of Race Against Dementia fellows together with three other amazing scientists – Dr Cara Croft, Dr Claire Durrant and Dr Ellen Dicks.

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