Breaking down barriers at our first patient-scientist information afternoon
9 March 2014
Last week we held our first patient-scientist afternoon, consisting of informal discussion and Q&A between patients and lab scientists.
The aim of the afternoon was to provide context for the young lab scientists who are investigating the causes and mechanisms neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and motor neurone disease (MND), many of whom would have never met people with these conditions.
Our two volunteers, one of whom has MS and the other who has MND, chatted frankly and openly with Clinic Director Professor Siddharthan Chandran, himself a neurologist. They then answered questions from the lab members.
Everyone found it a fantastic educational experience but also humbling and highly motivational.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the volunteers and their carers who gave up their afternoon to be quizzed in this way.