"Understanding why synapses are damaged in Alzheimer’s disease provides the best hope for developing effective treatments. I hope that, one day, our research will help create a world free from the heartbreak of dementia." Claire Durrant
UK DRI Emerging Leader
Dr Claire Durrant is a Race Against Dementia (RAD) Dyson Fellow; supported by Sir Jackie Stewart’s pioneering dementia research charity and funded by the James Dyson Foundation. Prior to starting her RAD fellowship in September 2019, Dr Durrant completed her PhD and postdoctoral studies in the lab of Prof Michael Coleman at the University of Cambridge. She then moved to the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with her academic sponsor Prof Tara Spires-Jones, before becoming a UK DRI Emerging Leader in 2021. Dr Durrant specialises in using organotypic cultures and post-mortem human tissue to explore mechanisms of synapse loss in Alzheimer’s disease.