During my postdoctoral fellowship at the UofC I had the opportunity to meet with different people from labs all around Canada and to discuss high-quality research. This led to the formation of a great network which is still highly important to me. With research getting more and more technical and difficult it will be more important to collaborate with researchers around the globe, specialized in distinct fields of research. The Alberta MS Network provides an opportunity to interact and form this network, which was one of the most valuable things to me. Especially the endMS conference was an important meeting which gave me the opportunity to meet international leaders of MS research and get new input for future projects.
MS research in both North America and Europe is very strong, hence I think it is highly important to collaborate “across the big pond”.
After my return to Germany I continued with my neurology training at the Department of Neurology, St. Josef-Hospital, Ruhr-University Bochum with Prof. Dr. Ralf Gold. In addition, Prof. Gold offered me a PI position in his lab, for which I am very grateful. The main focus of my work is to better understand mechanisms important for progressive MS with the main focus to find new treatment approaches. The work with my mentor in Calgary, Wee Yong, helped me a lot to get great input and develop new ideas.
One of the most important aspects during training is to discuss research and ideas with people with different backgrounds and ideas. This will help to shape your own research and sharpen your mind for new ideas. You should try to get input from different sides. To be successful you need to be focused, well organized and hard-working, otherwise you might end with lots of good ideas and “pilot data” but without finished projects.
4. Any other information that you would like to share?
Never lose your curiosity for new ideas!
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