Tara wears her lab coat and lanyard, smiling into camera

Tara Spires-Jones is Professor of Neurodegeneration at the University of Edinburgh where she is Deputy Director of the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences and a UK Dementia Research Institute Group Leader. Her research focuses on the mechanisms and reversibility of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease, other degenerative brain diseases, and ageing.

In addition to her research, Prof Spires-Jones is passionate about communicating scientific findings to the public and policy makers; increasing the rigour and reproducibility in translational neuroscience; promoting inclusivity and diversity in science; and supporting career development of neuroscientists. She is currently president of the British Neuroscience Association and founding editor of the translational neuroscience journal Brain Communications.

Microscope view, provided by Tara Spires Jones

Research equipment, provided by Tara Spires Jones

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