Cara Croft PHD: Race Against Dementia Fellow, University of Florida and UCL

Dr Croft will be joining UCL from the University of Florida and will explore how genetic risk factors contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and whether these genetic pathways could be targeted with future Alzheimer’s drugs.

Cara completed an undergraduate master’s degree in neuroscience at the University of Manchester, before embarking on an NC3Rs-funded Neuroscience PhD studentship with Dr. Wendy Noble and Dr. Diane Hanger at King’s College London, UK.
This studentship enabled Cara to make steps into the Alzheimer’s disease (AD) field, where she worked on understanding mechanisms underlying the release and spread of the protein tau both in healthy brains and in AD brains.

Prior to taking up the RAD Fellowship, Cara had been working as a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Todd Golde’s laboratory at the University of Florida.

"The Race Against Dementia fellowship uniquely allows me to work alongside some of the best researchers in the UK at University College London and the US at the University of Florida as well as from industry. This is a rare opportunity as a research fellow to be able to work with the people that I want to, investigate my own ideas, and experience research in different countries and both academic/industry environments. Dementia knows no borders and our research shouldn’t either. This fellowship will enable me to develop international collaborations for the future and I truly feel we will only make steps against dementia if we are working together globally."

Cara Croft PHD

Dr Cara Croft shares her Fellowship grant application video presenting her research proposal, first shown to the ARUK Grant Review Board panel in June 2019.

Published April 29th 2020
Dr Cara Croft discusses how research work has continued in spite of the global pandemic and the loss of access to lab facilities.