Dr Emily Lane-Hill: Race Against Dementia – Barbara Naylor Charitable Trust Fellow, University of Warwick

I undertook my undergraduate degree in Medical Genetics at the University of Leicester before moving to the University of Warwick for my BBSRC funded PhD in Neuroscience. I will continue at Warwick for my Race Against Dementia fellowship, working in collaboration with world-leading dementia biomarker experts at the University of Gothenburg.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working the field of neurodegeneration and delighted to have been awarded a Race Against Dementia fellowship. This fellowship provides a unique and fantastic opportunity to working alongside Formula One partners who are experts in innovation and problem solving. I look forward to networking and building further worldwide collaborations to accelerate research progress.
My dad has battled Parkinson’s disease for the last 15 years and I have witnessed first-hand the devastating effects that these complex disorders have on both patients and their families. I very grateful to Sir Jackie Stewart for his drive and passion to beat dementia and for putting together this fantastic program to develop early career dementia researchers. I am excited to contribute to solving the big puzzle of dementia and try to reduce the heartbreak and suffering of future families.

Dr Emily Lane-Hill: Race Against Dementia - Barbara Naylor Charitable Trust Fellow

Research Summary

My project will investigate the role of tau, a protein known to disrupt the function of neurons in the brain in the early stages Alzheimer’s disease. Tau is known to form clumps inside of neurons and I have previously shown that it can alter their function and how they can communicate with other neurons. My project will explore the mechanisms behind these changes, and I hope that this new knowledge and understanding will highlight novel targets for treating Alzheimer’s disease in the future.