International Women in STEM day 2016

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By Dr Laura Phipps | Thursday 11 February 2016

International Women in STEM day (11 Feb) is an international celebration of the work and achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

So there is no better time to focus on some of the amazing women tirelessly battling dementia through research.

These inspiring women are making important discoveries that are driving the development of new diagnosis tools and pushing towards new treatments to ultimately make breakthroughs possible.

Below you can find out more about their work, what makes them tick and their inspiration to set their sights on increasing our understanding of dementia.


Dr Jo Barnes

University College London
Dr Barnes is an Alzheimer’s Research UK Senior Research Fellow. She is working to develop new brain imaging techniques that will diagnose dementia sooner.


Dr Jo Rushworth

University of Leeds
Dr Rushworth’s research is all about understanding how and why dementia happens on a microscopic level, so that we are able to design a cure.


Dr Lizzie Glennon

University College London
Dr Glennon studies how proteins are transported around brain cells, and how this might go wrong in Alzheimer’s disease.


Dr Abi Herrmann

University of Edinburgh
Dr Herrmann’s work focuses on synapses – the connections between nerve cells that are central to memory formation and forgetting.


Anna Braae

University of Nottingham
Anna is a 3rd year PhD student, researching the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease.


Prof Clare Bryant

University of Cambridge
Prof Bryant is bringing her expertise in immunology to a new collaboration in dementia research.


Dr Fiona Marshall

Alzheimer’s Research UK Trustee
Dr Marshall is a neuroscientist working on treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions.


Hannah Clarke

University of Liverpool
Hannah is investigating how changes in brain cells might play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.


  1. SUE HANSARD on 12th February 2016 at 4:05 pm

    What fantastic work you all do. Thankyou on behalf of all those living with dementia and for all those caring for them. And especially from myself as a potential dementia patient in the future.
    Thankyou for dedicating
    your time and expertise
    to this cinderalla disease .

  2. SUE HANSARD on 13th February 2016 at 8:58 pm

    great work thankyou

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