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Use it don't lose it public engagement project

Dorina Cadar, one of our doctoral students, has been selected for a Public Engagement Project in collaboration with UCL ‘Train and Engage’ Public Engagement Unit, Camden Shares and Wellcome Trust. The programme funds postgraduate students from the School of Life and Medical Sciences with small grants awards of 750 pounds, in order to promote the design and implementation of public engagement projects, developing ideas and translating research into practice, involving people beyond the context of university.

Completing her PhD on “The role of lifestyle behaviours on cognitive decline” under the supervision of Marcus Richards, Gita Mishra and Hynek Pikhart, Dorina has focused on the importance of keeping an active life until later stages for preventing dementia and associated cognitive impairments.  Her project is entitled: “Please use it; don’t lose it!” and aims to engage the residents from the Camden area into a project of raising public awareness of the risk factors associated with cognitive decline and dementia.  She is currently designing a short film screening and a flyer, which will be introduced on a number of General Practice internal media systems, Science and Music Festivals, Brain Awareness Week and interactive exhibits/various websites.