Henny Wellington talks about how Wolfson Funding has helped her research in neurodegeneration

Henny Wellington talks about how Wolfson Funding has helped her research in neurodegeneration

"I started my research life at UCL in 2012 by undertaking an MRes in Neuroscience, a year which gave me the thirst to ask questions and the drive to apply for a PhD. I embarked on the four year Leonard Wolfson PhD programme in neurodegeneration at the Institute of Neurology, which provided a unique and rare opportunity to experience different laboratories and techniques in the first year and to undertake a project with Professor Henrik Zetterberg, identifying and validating novel biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease. The funding from The Wolfson Foundation enabled a cutting-edge translational and collaborative approach to my research which included analysing cerebrospinal fluid from patients, growing cortical neurons from pluripotent stem cells and investigating synapse loss in post-mortem tissue. It has provided me with a great variety of skills that have enabled me to successfully complete a PhD, publish, and continue a research career at UCL. The first post-doctorate I undertook at UCL was funded by the pharmaceutical company, Eisai, which enabled me to learn about the application of biomarkers in clinical trials. I am currently undertaking a second post-doctorate at the Dementia Research Institute in Professor Zetterberg’s lab, to investigate biomarkers across neurodegenerative diseases.

I feel honoured and privileged to have been awarded funding by The Wolfson Foundation. It has given me the confidence, skills, opportunities to collaborate and enthusiasm to continue in this important struggle to better identify and understand neurodegenerative diseases"

Henny (left) takes part in an exciting upcoming new project for UCL - more info to come in 2019...