RACE AGAINST DEMENTIA FELLOW
University of Dundee, UK
Amy studied neuroscience at the University of Nottingham and did her PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Her research paper on pro-inflammatory microglial necroptosis earned her the prestigious Jean Corsan Prize from Alzheimer’s Research UK. Amy was awarded the Race Against Dementia Alzheimer’s Research UK Fellowship in 2023 to investigate the complex interplay between microglia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Microglia are immune cells. They have a critical role in protecting the brain from infection and repairing damage. Microglia are thought to be involved in Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. Amy is using cutting-edge techniques to identify protective proteins produced by microglia in the brain. By understanding how the microglia behaviour during the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Amy will look for mechanisms that can be therapeutically targeted to slowdown disease progression.