On Monday 28 February we held a full day for early career researchers with sessions designed to support those at the early stages in the dementia research field.

Early Career Day Programme

This year the sessions will be focusing on topics from grant application, publishing, to mental health. 

09:00 - 09:10

ARUK welcome

Dr Sara Imarisio (Alzheimer’s Research UK) 


09:10 - 09:40

How I became entangled in dementia research 

Prof Michael Coleman (University of Cambridge) 

09:40 - 10:40

PhD Presentations 

Yizhou Yu (University of Cambridge) 

Nina Stoeberl (Cardiff University) 

Daria Jensen (University of Oxford) 

Ben Batchelor (University of Southampton) 

10:40 - 10:55

Flash Presentations 

Chen Lyu (King's College London) 

Ernestos Carlos Zárate Aldrete (University of Manchester) 

Annesha Sil (University of Aberdeen) 

Robertas Aleksynas (Imperial College London) 

Cliona Farrell (University College London) 

10:55 - 11:15

Break and posters 

11:15 - 12:15

PhD Presentations 

Benedikt Holbling (University College London) 

Beth Eyre (University of Sheffield) 

Joshua Harvey (University of Exeter) 

Duncan Street (University of Cambridge) 

12:15 - 12:30

Flash Presentations 

Li Lu (University of Nottingham) 

James Conway (Plymouth University) 

Aitana Sogorb Esteve (University College London) 

Matthew Reid (King's College London) 

Helen Rowland (University of Oxford) 

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch and posters 

13:30 - 14:30

Parallel Session 

Option 1: Life of a Fellow 

Dr Steve Quinn (University of York, ARUK Junior Fellow)  

Dr Cara Croft (University College London, RAD Fellow)  

Prof Li Su (University of Cambridge, ARUK Senior Fellow)  

Option 2: Playing to your strengths in your career 

Dr Laura Phipps (ARUK, Head of Communications)  

Prof Selina Wray (University College London) 

Dr Kamar Ameen-Ali (University of Glasgow) 

Dr Sam Gibbons Frendo (Symplectic) 

14:30 - 15:00

Break and posters 

15:00 - 16:00

Parallel Session 

Option 1: Academic publishing: a conversation about industry practices, inequality, and impact 

Prof Tara-Spires-Jones (Brain Communications, Editor)  

Dr Sophie Morgan (Nature Communications, Associate Editor)  

Anastasiya Netrunenko (Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy, Editor)  

Option 2: Towards independence: tips on grant applications 

Dr Rosa Sancho (ARUK, Head of Research)  

Dr Szu-Han Wang (University of Edinburgh, ARUK Senior Research Fellow)  

Prof Michael Coleman (University of Cambridge) 

16:00- 16:20

Break and posters

16:20 - 17:10

Building resilience while navigating the current research culture 

Dr Ben Bleasdale (Metis Talk, Editorial Board) 

Dr Cristiana Bercea (University of Reading, Researcher) 

Penny Moyle (Race Against Dementia, Leadership Programme Consultant) 

Runa Uddin (Mind, Training and Consultant Manager) 

17:10 - 17:30

My experience with FTD  

Claire Sweet (FPE Capital, ARUK Supporter) 


Drinks and posters