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Dr Chris Hardy
Dementia Research Centre
8-11 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3BG
Tel: 020 3448 3676
Appointment
  • Pauline Ashley Fellowship
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Role
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor
Biography

Following undergraduate studies in Psychology (First Class, University of Exeter) and a Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience (Distinction, University College London), I was awarded a 4 year Medical Research Council PhD Studentship. I undertook my PhD under the supervision of Professors Jason Warren and Seb Crutch in the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology Dementia Research Centre, and completed my thesis in 2017. Since that time, I have worked as a Teaching Fellow and Co-Director for the MSc in Dementia (Neuroscience pathway) and as a Research Fellow. More recently, I was awarded a Personal Fellowship by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People and the Dunhill Medical Trust, and was promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2020. I am also the current Education Officer for Rare Dementia Support (www.raredementiasupport.org) - the service that aims to give people affected by a rare dementia access to information, tailored support, and contact with others affected by similar conditions.

Research Themes
Research Summary

I have four main research interests:


  1. The primary progressive aphasias
  2. Peripheral and central hearing dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases
  3. Cerebral plasticity in neurodegenerative disease
  4. Cognitive and physiological biomarkers of neurodegeneration 

My work suggests that major primary progressive aphasia (PPA) variants are associated with specific 'auditory phenotypes' and corroborates reports from patients and caregivers, who regularly report diverse and striking hearing problems. I am fortunate to have been awarded a personal Fellowship co-funded by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People and the Dunhill Medical Trust. This Fellowship begain in 2019 and my findings of different profiles of hearing loss in PPA and Alzheimer's disease are now appearing as publications. 

Separately, I am working on the development of a staging system for PPA. Most people who receive a diagnosis of PPA have never heard of it before, and have many questions about what will happen to them, and when, that we are currently not in a position to answer. Working with members of the UK PPA Support Group that I co-lead, we have started to develop a staging-system for PPA that I hope will give people an idea of which symptoms they might experience, and when they might experience them. 

Teaching Summary

I have previously demonstrated on the BSc Psychology course for 1st and 2nd Year undergraduates at UCL. In the 2017-2018 academic year, I was the co-Director for the MSc in Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Neuroscience pathway), before leaving this position to take up my research Fellowship. I still continue to lecture on MSc courses in Queen Square, and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Appointments
01-OCT-2020 Senior Research Fellow Dementia Research Centre UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2020 Education Officer Rare Dementia Support UCL, www.raredementiasupport.org, United Kingdom
17-OCT-2017 – 31-DEC-2018 Teaching Fellow Dementia Research Centre UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
17-OCT-2017 – 30-SEP-2020 Research Fellow Dementia Research Centre UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
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