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University of Exeter Medical School

 Ellie Pickering

Ellie Pickering

Project Manager (PROTECT)


 +44 (0) 1392 726046

 College House 1.23


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Ellie is a Chartered Manager (CMgr MCMI) and manages the administration and operations of the PROTECT Study: Platform for Research Online to Investigate Genetics and Cognition in Ageing. This study aims to understand how the functioning of the brain changes as we age. In particular the study looks at how certain genes and lifestyle factors (such as exercise or education) affect the way our brain ages. This will provide valuable information about the brain and could inform future research to prevent conditions such as dementia. The study is led by Prof Anne Corbett and Prof Clive Ballard.


2022 - CMI Level 5 Diploma & Apprenticeship (Distinction) Management and Leadership, Exeter College, UK

2006 - MSc (Distinction) Advanced Methods of Taxonomy & Biodiversity, Imperial College, UK

1998 - BA Biology (Cum Laude), Linfield College, Oregon, USA


Ellie moved to the UK in 2002 and worked in financial administration for three years at the Institute for Public Policy Research, London. After earning her Master's Degree and taking a career break to bring up her family, she relocated to Exeter and joined the University of Exeter in 2013 as an administrator in the Wellbeing Centre. She started at the Medical School in 2015 as Administrative Assistant to the Programme Directors, followed by a secondment as Research Administrator (RILD). She co-ordinated the PROTECT study, an online study of cognitive health in the over-50s from 2017 - 2021 and has been the project manager of PROTECT since 2021.


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