Cohort 
2019

Yaohua Chen, MD, PhD

Neurogeriatrician

To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, we need to take into account the diversity, the gender differences, and advocate for person tailored prevention solutions.

Current Work

Physician in neurogeriatrics and cognitive disorders and researcher

Personal Hero

Her mentors, her grandmother

Words of Strength

Making connections, building relationships, easy-going

Vision

To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, Yaohua believes we need to take into account the diversity, the gender differences, and advocate for person tailored prevention solutions.

Strategy

Yaohua is studying different determinants of cognitive decline, from gait disorders, vascular impact, to other comorbidities, in order to offer prevention and care plans to meet the specific needs for different subgroups.

Motivation

We need multidisciplinary support for people living with dementia and collaboration between hospitals and communities.

Education & Experience

Yaohua received her medical school training from the University of Lyon, France, followed by residency training in neurology at the University of Lille, France. She also earned master degrees in biology and health and completed a fellowship in the memory clinic of Lille. She simultaneously obtained a PhD position in a translational work of a murine model and a cohort of patients with Alzheimer's disease in a laboratory of vascular and neurodegenerative diseases. She continues to work in the memory clinic as a neurogeriatrician.

Awards & Honors

2017-2018: Funding from the “Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale” (the French Foundation for Medical Research) to finish PhD work on the translational project of the role of microbleeds, female sex, and pharmacological modulation in cognitive impairment (FDT20170437145)2017: Selection for the 300 talents 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO Pour les femmes et la science 2013: Research Master Prize laureate of University Lille 2, school of medicine