Studentship Awardee 2022: Mohammad Mofatteh

Studentship Awardee 2022: Mohammad Mofatteh

I am Mohammad Mofatteh, a second-year medical student at Queen’s University Belfast. Having completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford, I had established a strong research career before starting my medical training at Queen’s. At Queen’s, I am planning to continue my academic activities while studying for my medical degree. Being awarded an AIMS-RN scholarship enabled me to spend my summer at Welcome Wolfson Institute of Experimental Medicine, working with Prof Denise Fitzgerald and Dr Racheal Kee on multiple sclerosis to expand my horizon and learn new skills.

Briefly, MS is a neurodegenerative disease where immune cells attack the myelin sheath of neurons. One of the important protective cells in the immune system is regulatory T cells (Treg) that can drive the maturation of cells responsible for producing that myelin sheath (oligodendrocytes). However, the mechanism by which this has been done remains elusive. In my project, I used animal models which had injuries to their myelin sheath to investigate the expression of a molecule, namely MHC-II, at different time points after the injury. Understanding the pattern by which these molecules are made in cells can help us to realise their roles in the maturation of oligodendrocyte precursor cells and, overall, the remyelination process.

I would like to devote the rest of my life to research and training until I can become a successful academic neurosurgeon at a world-class institute to continue helping my patients and pushing the boundaries of science.

AIMS-RN goes global!

AIMS-RN goes global!

We are delighted to announce that one of our founding members, Dr Alerie Guzman de la Fuente has been awarded the highly prestigious Miguel Servet Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Health.

Through this Fellowship, Alerie will establish her independent MS research group at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Research of Alicante and CSIC-UMH Neuroscience Institute of Alicante, Spain.

While we are very sad to see Alerie go, we are delighted for her and can’t wait to see the scientific discoveries she makes in the future. Alerie will maintain a Visiting Researcher position in QUB and we look forward to continued collaboration to tackle some of the major challenges in MS research. Best of luck Alerie!

NI MS Research Network committee wins the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Culture Prize

NI MS Research Network committee wins the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Culture Prize

Congratulations to Northern Ireland MS Research Network committee who recently won the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Culture Prize at Queen’s University Belfast. This prize is awarded to a team/individual ‘that has made an outstanding contribution towards a more supportive, inclusive and collaborative research culture’. The committee of NIMSRN are all members of AIMS-RN.

The announcement of the Research Culture Prize can be viewed on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai7_S7i3jMk&feature=youtu.be

AIMS-RN Summer Studentship Awardees

AIMS-RN Summer Studentship Awardees

PEARSE HILLIS

PEARSE HILLIS

I’m Pearse, a 2nd year science student from Belfast currently studying for a BSc in Human Biology at Queen’s University Belfast. I am eager to learn about and engage with challenging, novel research and to work as part of a dedicated team of scientists.

I am delighted to have been successful in my application for this studentship, MS is a devastating disease that affects many people in Ireland and across the globe, including members of my own family. The AIMS-RN summer studentship is an amazing opportunity to be able to work collaboratively with a team of talented researchers who are focused on limiting MS progression through the use of innovative scientific methods.

NIAMH WALSH

My name is Niamh Walsh and I am currently in the third year of my undergraduate course studying Human Health and Disease in Trinity College, Dublin. So far, my studies have given me the opportunity to engage in a wide range of biomedical sciences and this has led me to acquire a specific interest in Neurology and Immunology.

I am delighted to have been awarded a summer studentship by the incredible team behind the AIMS research network. The mission of unifying and supporting MS researchers across the island of Ireland is inspirational and I am grateful to have been accepted to be a part of it. I aspire to become involved in the advances that have taken place in MS research within the last few years and I am hopeful that I will pursue a career in this area in the future.

NIAMH WALSH

CLAIRE DOURIEU

CLAIRE DOURIEU

I have just completed my final year of studies in Biomedical Science, specialising in Anatomy in NUI Galway.

My motivation to apply for this studentship stems from my long-established interest in neurodegenerative and inflammatory conditions, as such making Multiple Sclerosis research the ideal intersection between the two disciplines. My dedicated interest in MS specifically, stems from my previous studies of demyelinating disorders which have enhanced my understanding and intrigue, as well as my personal relations to sufferers of this disorder which have played a pivotal role in my reason for application to the AIMS-RN studentship.

I look forward to working with like-minded individuals this summer and am excited to have the opportunity to work with experts in this area of research.

MELODY CUI SUN

Hello, my name is Melody and I’m an aspiring MS research scientist! I recently graduated from an undergraduate degree in Human Health & Disease and soon I will be commencing a PhD in MS this September.

I applied for this studentship because I wanted to gain as much experience as possible before commencing my PhD. I am very excited to tackle the challenges of my project to gain much valuable insight! I find MS research to be very intriguing, and I am looking forward to delving into this field. 

MELODY CUI SUN

MS Masterclass Research Symposium and Public Information Evening

MS Masterclass Research Symposium and Public Information Evening


The Northern Ireland Multiple Sclerosis Research Network are holding an ‘MS Masterclass’ Virtual Research Symposium, on Tuesday 15th June 2021. This event will have both scientific and clinical research content.
There will also be a virtual public information evening on Tuesday 15th June at 6pm.
These events are open to anyone with an interest in Multiple Sclerosis research and affected by MS. Both events are free to attend but require registration.

Please register at:
https://conferencevirtually.co.uk/multiple-sclerosis-virtual-masterclass-2021/

For further information
http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/NIMSRN
msmasterclass@qub.ac.uk

Poster Session/short invited talk – submit abstracts by 4th June 2021


Guest speakers include:
Dr Roberta Magliozzi – Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Italy.

Prof Sandra Amor – Head of Multiple Sclerosis Research, Dept of Pathology, Amsterdam University

Dr Martin Duddy – Consultant Neurologist and Clinical Director for Neurosciences, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals

Dr Ruth Dobson – Clinical Senior Lecturer, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Imre Lengyel – Senior Lecturer, Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast

Prof Basil Sharrack – Consultant Neurologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Professor of Clinical Neurology, University of Sheffield.

Prof Catherine Lubetzki – Professor of Neurology, Sorbonne University and Salpêtrière

 


Supported by:
Guarantors of Brain,
Wellcome Trust
Queen’s University Belfast
Northern Ireland HSC Research and Development Office