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Researching myelin repair from home

Dr Lindsey Forbes

I am a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Edinburgh, where I work with Dr Veronique Miron on understanding how we can harness the immune system to help repair myelin - the protective coating around our nerves which is damaged in MS.

In March, like many other workplaces across the country, my colleagues and I were sent to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. For me, that’s my flat in Glasgow where I live with my partner Scott. We’re lucky as we have a spare room so we squeezed two work spaces in there, which we now call our office.

Keeping MS research moving

Thankfully, my research has not stopped during this lockdown phase. I may not have my white coat on but I am still able to do so much from my laptop.  

Everyday is different. One day I could be analysing lots of data collected over the last few months and then catching up on the latest research from other scientists. Or I could be attending online courses and virtual seminars from speakers all over the world.

In a couple of weeks, I’m so excited to attend my first virtual conference and am busy putting together a poster so that I can present my latest work.

So even though I am sat at my desk in Glasgow I’m still able to do so much and communicate with the wider research community. At a time that has felt so unsteady I feel lucky to be able to continue my work.

Staying in touch

Every Friday I take part in a virtual group meeting where my colleagues and I update each other on our recent exciting findings, new scientific papers we’ve read and generally catch up with how everyone is doing. This also includes hearty discussions on our latest baking efforts or binge-worthy Netflix shows!

Every couple of weeks we also take turns to host a lab quiz. As the weeks have gone on the questions and quiz rounds have become ever more inventive - never has my general knowledge been so good!

Keeping busy

Like most people however we can’t wait to get back into the labs to start up our experiments again, as we know there are still lots of people with MS who don’t have treatments. But we’ve definitely had lots to keep us busy.