The award – sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Society – recognises Maura’s pioneering research on inflammation markers in the complex puzzle of frontotemporal lobar degeneration – a condition that causes dementia and movement difficulties.
Maura and her Cambridge University team investigate inflammation in peripheral and central areas of the brain. Rapid blood analysis and advanced neuroimaging dramatically accelerate progress. It is a simple, quick and inexpensive alternative to invasive, arduous and costly brain scans.
“Research is not just about the answer but how you get to the answer too.”
Maura’s work will better gauge and predict the onset of this challenging condition. It will aid the development of anti-inflammatory treatments seeking to slow down and prevent cognitive decline.
Dr Maura Malpetti, RAD Fellow:
“Just like Formula 1, we are always seeking greater efficiencies – time, cost and overall performance. We explore new techniques and new tools to make progress faster. Research is not just about the answer but how you get to the answer too.”
Richard Oakley, the Associate Director of Research at the Alzheimer’s Society, presented the award. His speech emphasised the significance of early-career researchers and the vital role of funding at this critical stage.
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