I have been awarded an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) C.J. Martin Early Career Fellowship, which I will be taking up at Harvard University and the University of Sydney.
The fellowship will allow me to continue my work on prospection while learning a series of new skills and collaborating with some of the world’s leading experts on the topic. I will first join the lab of Professor Daniel Schacter at the Harvard University Department of Psychology. Subsequently, I will move to the University of Sydney School of Psychology / Brain and Mind Centre to work with A/Professor Muireann Irish.
My fellowship project is entitled: “Understanding and ameliorating age- and dementia-related decline in prospection”, and the short summary on the NHMRC website is as follows:
“Memory for past events deteriorates in both dementia and healthy aging. Mounting research reveals that the ability to imagine, plan, and prepare for the future – “prospection” – also declines, with potentially severe implications for functional everyday activities. This research will uncover the changes that lead to prospection decline, link this decline to everyday impairment, and develop a new intervention to improve prospection abilities, quality of life, and wellbeing in aging and dementia.”
I must extend another sincere ‘thank you’ to all who made this fellowship a reality. I am very excited to get started on this new chapter!