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Alzheimer’s Research UK Thames Valley Network Members

Our network is a collaboration between various departments at University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and University of Reading. Follow this link if you wish to join the Thames Valley Network Centre.

Thames Valley ARUK Organising Committee


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Nora Bengoa-Vergniory

Network Coordinator, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford


Research focuses on alpha-synuclein aggregation and neuroinflammation in Parkinson’s disease.





Mark Dallas

Department of Pharmacy, University of Reading


Working to unravel new therapeutic targets for a host of neurodegenerative diseases.





Angela Bithell

Department of Pharmacy, University of Reading

Interested in the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie normal developmental of the central nervous system (CNS) and CNS-related disorders.





Helen Dawes

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University


Research spans from exploring underlying mechanisms affecting performance through to service delivery of subsequently developed interventions and tools . Research has three themes: movement, rehabilitation and exercise.

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Patrick Esser

Movement Science Group, Oxford Brookes University.

Research interests lie within the broad field of biomechanics with a particular interest in movement analysis in (non-) neurological conditions. Dr Esser has a background in engineering applied to health sciences. Dr Esser acts as the link between engineering and clinicians as a data scientist.




Ivan Koychev

Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford


Researcher in Translational Neuroscience & Dementia Research Group on the Deep and Frequent Phenotyping study. This is a multi-centre study aimed at identifying a combination of biomarkers that predict disease progression in mild and prodromal Alzheimer's Disease.


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Clare Mackay

Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford


Research focuses on using neuroimaging to understand risk for psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease.




Elena Ribe

Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

Research interests focus around understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying Alzheimer´s disease pathological events.



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Richard Wade-Martins

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford


Works on understanding molecular mechanisms of age-related neurodegenerative diseases to generate novel molecular therapies.


Early Career Researchers (ECRs)

The Alzheimer’s Research UK Early Careers Network is a group of researchers at various stages in their careers who meet for social and career related events. If you are an early careers researcher (post-doc, PhD or undergraduate level) in neurodegeneration or dementia, or have an interest in these research themes, then you can join the Alzheimer’s Research UK Early Careers Network.

To join or find out more, email the Early Career Representatives (Francesco Tamagnini and Franziska Guenther) stating your career stage and research interest.





Franziska Guenther 

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford






Francesco Tamagnini

Reading School of Pharmacy





The Dementia Researcher website - has been developed by the office of the National Director for Dementia Research with support from Alzheimer's Research UK, Alzheimer's Society and the Medical Research Council - provides a variety of support and resources for early career researchers – covering everything from jobs and funding opportunities, how to produce grant proposals, opportunities to ‘ask a dementia expert’, and a range of podcasts.


Current members of the Thames Valley Network Centre

A full listing of current Network members is attached here