Amanda McRae received her BSc in chemistry from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and PhD (field neurobiology) from the University of Claude Bernard Lyon, France, she is presently Professor of Human Anatomy at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the St Augustine campus, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.
Prior to joining the University of the West Indies she was an INSERM scientist in Montpellier and Bordeaux, France and a medical research council fellow in Sweden. She also received scholarships to perform research at the Institute of Gerontology in Tokyo, Japan and at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel.
Her research interests are in biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease, influence of diet on brain inflammation, neuroprotective agents , drug delivery systems for Parkinson’s disease and the prevalence and risk factors associated with dementia in Trinidad and Tobago.
She is author and co -author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, book chapters and invited papers.
She was a recipient of a stipend from Sandoz Gerontology for Alzheimer’s disease research performed in collaboration with Dr. E.A. at the National University of Singapore and in 1996 received the medal of honor from Svenska Parkinsonförbundets for the development of the microsphere technology as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
She has two patents. She has served as a reviewer for Alzheimer grants and numerous international journals. She is one of the directors and founding members of the Dementia Awareness and Research group Trinidad and Tobago (DARTT).