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After her Master's Degree in Psychology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Helena worked for over 13 years in several settings, primarily within academic research and neuropsychological clinical practice. Her academic career started at the Daniel den Hoed Cancer Centre in Rotterdam, where she conducted research into the cognitive side-effects of cancer treatment and its impact on psychological functions and QoL. With a research grant from the Dutch Cancer Society she carried out a 4-year PhD-project, involving a longitudinal neuropsychological evaluation of patients undergoing a bone marrow or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. She also became involved in research on Primary CNS Lymphoma (PCNSL) and developed guidelines for cognitive assessment in cooperation with investigators of the International PCNSL Collaborative Group. Helena was awarded a PhD from the Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and completed her thesis while she worked as a Neuropsychologist at a Mental Health (Psychiatric) Centre in Delft. She lived and worked for 3 years in Nepal where her interest in assessment was brought into practice by her involvement in the development of an innovative admission procedure for the MBBS program of a local government hospital. Since her return to the UK mid 2009, she conducted a qualitative research project for a Neurorehabilitation Unit of a NHS hospital and has worked at SHORE-C since November 2010.