Daniel Coftas
Position: Phd Student

Project: What happens in cells in patients with BPAN, a rare form of dementia?

 

Life in the Lab

I work on a very rare condition called “Beta propeller A protein associated Neurodegeneration” (BPAN). Patients with this disease have progressive intellectual problems, lose their ability to move and eventually get dementia. My project is to investigate what happens in the cells in the areas of the brain that are most affected in BPAN. 

My hope is that we can not only find out exactly what has gone wrong in our patient’s neurons, but that we can also begin to test drugs to fix the problem.

 

Life outside the Lab

Is there life outside the lab?!? In my free time I try to take advantage of what London living has to offer: a walk in a beautiful park, an exhibit at one of the many galleries, an evening at the opera, or whatever else I can find. In my days before moving to the UK I used to enjoy working on my motorcycle, and I still work on my bicycle, because there’s no feeling like life on two wheels out on the open road. Then, every so often, when inspiration strikes I write a line or two so that I never forget an impression or moment I’ll never live twice‬.

 
 




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