Lockdown has forced many research projects to temporarily slow down – but researchers like Dr Jemeen Sreedharan are finding new ways to work. And they’re taking the time to dig deep on what they’ve discovered so far.
Jemeen is conducting a study, funded by the Association, looking at TDP-43 – a protein that plays a major role in almost every case of MND. Jemeen and his team are attempting to find ways to control its levels in the brain. However, lockdown has meant that the experiments that would make up much of their normal working day are currently on hold.
This period has allowed Jemeen and his team the chance to do some deep thinking. They’re looking at existing data in completely new ways. And they’re designing new experiments that they’ll get working on as soon as they are back in the lab.
As for working from home, Jemeen had a lab built in his garden at home last year. He never thought he would actually need to use it and is short on equipment, but it has made an excellent retreat to work from home.
For a short time, Jemeen and his team were furloughed, which meant that valuable research funds could be saved whilst his lab was dormant.
As well as his work in MND research, Jemeen also consults in the motor nerve clinic at King’s College Hospital: .
"I still see my patients, but now it’s over the phone or by video link. Patients with MND are vulnerable at the best of times, let alone in the middle of a global pandemic. We need to be there for them more than ever."
With your continued support, we’ll do everything we can to make sure MND researchers can get back in the lab as soon as possible and make up for lost time.