~~Dr Tara Spires-Jones is a Neuroscientist running a research group at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Spires-Jones’ research focuses on the mechanisms and reversibility of brain degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease, other degenerative brain diseases, and ageing. Her work has shown that both of the proteins involved in the neuropathological lesions in AD (amyloid beta and tau) contribute to brain degeneration, and further that reducing the levels of these proteins prevents degeneration and improves memory in disease models.
Prior to moving to Scotland in 2013, she ran a group studying Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis with an emphasis on synaptic pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she was an instructor from 2006-2011 and Assistant Professor from 2011-2013. She is a FENS-KAVLI Network of Excellence scholar working to foster the careers of early-career scientists through scientific exchanges, influencing science policy, and facilitating exchange between science and society.
Dr Tara Spires-Jones joined the SSAC on 01 February 2016.