Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow
Neurology Clinical Fellow
My research interests are in cognitive neurology, specifically motivation in neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. I aim to explore mechanisms underlying apathy and motivation, and to investigate the effects of the neurotransmitter dopamine on manifestations of impulsive and apathetic decision making. I am also keen to investigate the motor and physiological consequences of apathy in neurological diseases and use these as potential new measures of motivation which can be used in a clinical setting.
I have a large interest in the use of technology within medicine, education and neuroscience. My research is in healthy adults and neurology patient groups using a combination of behavioural tasks, biosensors, robotics, eye tracking and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).
I am trying to explore answers to the following questions:
“How do you measure motivation?”
“What makes you lose motivation and become apathetic?”
“What causes apathy in neurodegenerative disorders?”
“How can we treat motivational problems?”
From a personal point of view I love graphic design, web development and racket sports. I also have a keen entrepreneurial side and use this in various educational projects that I organise and run, with the aim of increasing access to medical education in less privileged countries.