1. You were involved with the Alberta MS Network (endMS) during your time as a PhD student at the University of Lethbridge. For you, what was the most beneficial aspect of the Network?
It was through this Network that I was really able to immerse myself in MS research and most importantly, become connected to an entire community of people affected by MS and those committed to finding a cure. The connection gained through this network was essential, because it allowed researchers to communicate their goals, methods and findings, while taking into consideration the aspirations of those living with MS. The connection to the MS community and those affected by MS was extremely beneficial and appreciated as it motivated us and led to a deeper understanding of what our purpose was and should be.
2. Can you tell us a little more about your current position and the work you are doing?
Currently I am postdoctoral fellow at the University of Lethbridge where I am helping to establish the new 3T MRI Research Centre. Although I am no longer involved in MS research, the positive impact and experiences I had through the EndMS Network have led me to continue my involvement with the MS community by joining the Board of Directors of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Lethbridge & District Chapter as a member at large.
3. Do you have any advice for our trainees?
Find passion and inspiration in the work you do and value the experiences and connections you receive through the Alberta MS Network. The EndMS Network really fostered this culture of communication and collaboration between teams of researchers, which I believe is vital to produce the most impactful results.
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