Dr Sexton has won the Vice-Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Award for her work promoting healthy ageing in the brain. The awards ceremony was hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson at the University Museum of Natural History on 28 June 2017.
Claire is a Dementia Friends Champion and Founding Chair of Dementia Friendly Chipping Norton, which brings together people living with dementia, caregivers and researchers to promote awareness of dementia. She has engaged the public with dementia research by conducting Dementia Information Sessions and sharing her own research at several local events. She was one of five Early Career Researcher winners at the awards.
On winning the award, she said "I am delighted to be awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Award. My public engagement work aims to increase awareness about dementia and how healthy brain ageing can be encouraged through non-pharmacological means, which is my particular research focus. Public engagement activities are crucial to bringing research findings in this area to wider audiences, and it's fantastic for this work to be valued by the University."
Dr Sexton is funded by: The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) based at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and University of Oxford, the NIHR Oxford Health BRC, Oxford Alzheimer's Research Trust Network.