Lauren Bartley completed a Bachelor of Medical Science degree at the University of Wollongong in 2003. She worked predominantly in the pharmaceutical services industry until gaining her Master of Health Science from the University of Sydney in 2010.
Since joining NeuRA she has been collecting and processing blood and DNA samples for participants within the Frontier research clinic. Lauren coordinates the Biomarkers in FTD Study, which is looking at the changes in the protein and hormone profiles of patients as their neurodegenerative illnesses progress.
Participant genetic profiles are also assessed to help uncover why some families are more at risk of developing certain dementia syndromes or movement disorders in the FTLD spectrum.
Lauren recruits participants who have been involved with the Frontier Biomarkers in FTD study into the Frontier Brain donor program. This study involves the donation of brain tissue for medical research.
Characterising the brain tissue to determine a pathological diagnosis, allows researchers to make many correlations with the clinical and research investigations undertaken in Frontier
Lauren is part of the small but dedicated on-call team at the Sydney Brain Bank who organise for the tissue donations to proceed out at Westmead Hospital Mortuary and other designated regional locations.