Breaking down barriers at our patient-scientist information afternoon

18 September 2017

Last week we held a 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 of neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and motor neurone disease (MND), many of whom 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 and clinical fellow and honorary consultant neurologist Dr Peter Connick. 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 partners who gave up their afternoon to share their experiences in this way.

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