1. You were involved with the Alberta MS Network (endMS) during your time as a PhD student at the University of Calgary. For you, what was the most beneficial aspect of the Network?
I thought it was really beneficial to interact with so many different researchers with different backgrounds. The skill levels, research talents and dedication of the attendees were very impressive. I expanded my network tremendously and have since had the opportunity to reach out to former endMS trainees for expertise on various topics. It was also very beneficial to see research questions in the light of various researchers, which each thought that their perspective were the most important – to begin with and then come to the conclusion that a scientific question are best answered if approached from more than one angle.
2. Can you tell us a little more about your current position and the work you are doing?
After finishing my PhD, I moved to the lab of Dr. Maiken Nedergaard in Rochester and then facilitated the setup of her new lab/Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Copenhagen in a post doc/lab manager position. In November 2017, I successfully obtained a 3-year post doc fellowship from the Innovation Foundation Denmark to embark on a collaboration between a medical CNS pharmaceutical company, Lundbeck, and the Nedergaard laboratory. My project is looking at monoclonal antibody therapy for neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer and Parkinson’s) in the light of the glymphatic system. I aim to shed light on how antibodies cross the BBB, how innovative approaches can facilitate increased crossing of mAbs, how they are distributed throughout the brain and how they are cleared, using techniques developed for the evaluation of the glymphatic system.
3. Do you have any advice for our trainees?
Work hard, get involved, network and try to broaden you view as much as possible.
4. Any other information that you would like to share.
I was very happy with my time spend on endMS activities. I have not so far encountered such a collegial, friendly curious atmosphere, where we still keep in touch and follow each other’s adventures and achievements, both research wise and privately.
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