Jennifer Lawson's work as part of the Translational Neuroscience and Dementia Research Group is focused on coordinating a number of clinical trials and observational studies in Alzheimer's, MCI and healthy volunteers. The majority of her work involves coordinating an NIHR funded feasibility study for intensive phenotyping of 21 Alzheimer’s disease patients.
The study aims to identify biomarkers that change over periods of months, rather than years. It is led by NIHR Dementias Translational Research Collaboration director Professor Simon Lovestone, and involves industry collaboration and multiple study centres. The study uses an extensive range of MR imaging and cognitive testing along with additional clinical testing and blood tests, at multiple frequent intervals over the course of six months. The goal is that these biomarkers could be used in a range of follow on trials.
Following an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Jennfier worked for five years at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust on a variety of clinical trials in mental health. Jennifer coordinated research studies investigating new pharmacological treatments for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and Alzheimer's disease. While Jennifer was there, she also studied part time to gain an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience.