KCL hosts new UK DRI recruits
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Short introductory talksfrom the newly recruited colleagues of Dementia Research Institute DRI-UCL

Friday 15th February 2019, 1.30-3.00pm, James Black Centre large seminar room

Dr Tim BartelsProtein structure changes in the pathomechanism of synucleinopathies

Dr Soyon HongImmune mechanisms of synaptic function and pathology

Dr Carlo Sala FrigerioThe major risk factors for Alzheimer's disease: age, sex and genes, modulate the microglia response to Aβ plaques

Tim Bartels has joined us from Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical school where he was Assistant Professor within the Centre for Neurologic Diseases. At UK DRI, Tim’s lab pursues research on problems related to alpha-synuclein and protein-lipid interaction using a variety of biophysical, biochemical, molecular biology or in vivo techniques. 

Soyon Hong completed her post-doctoral work in the lab of Beth Stevens at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. Now part of the team at UK DRI, Soyon will work on understanding whether and how microglia contribute to higher cognitive functions (such as learning and memory) in addition to region-specific vulnerability of synapse loss in neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. 

Carlo Sala Frigerio was previously based at the VIB -KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease as a staff scientist for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases before joining UK DRI. His UK DRI research theme is a single cell genomics approach to developing a cellular theory of dementia, tying together clinical and neuropathological knowledge of the disease with deep molecular characterization of the brain at the level of individual cells

If you would like to meet the speakers before or after the talks, please contact Professor Lawrence Rajendran (Lawrence.rajendran@kcl.ac.uk).