Van Midden Vesna Marija

Vesna is a young doctor and a first-year Ph.D. student of Neuroscience at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. She is currently working as an intern at the University clinical center Ljubljana and after that, she will start working as a young researcher at the Neurology clinic in Ljubljana. She has always treasured science and research and applied for the ASEF Junior Fellowship program at the neurology department of prof. Krainc as part of her doctorate in the hope of learning new approaches toward diagnosing and treating movement disorder patients and also learning how to conduct clinical trials. During her studies she was a very active member of the Slovenian neuroscience association – she helped to organize various lectures and events on the topic of brain health and she is a strong believer in the growing importance of science communication. She was the co-leader of the organizational group for the Brain awareness week in 2019, when the event received honorary patronage from the President of Slovenia. One of her major interests is the role of the gut microbiome in the development of Parkinson’s disease. Her Ph.D. will be devoted to investigating the role of vagal nerve stimulation as a novel treatment approach in Parkinson’s disease patients. Additionally, she greatly enjoys traveling and since she has a small dog, she spends a lot of time outdoors. Her passions are also crafting and drawing, but if the sun is shining she will most likely spend her free time hiking in the mountains.

SLOVENIAN
Vesna je mlada zdravnica in študentka prvega letnika doktorskega študija Nevroznanost na Medicinski fakulteti. Po opravljenem pripravništvu na UKC Ljubljana, se bo aprila 2020 zaposlila kot mlada raziskovalka na Nevrološki kliniki v Ljubljani. Raziskovanje jo je že tekom študija veselilo, ASEF Junior Fellowship program pa ji bo omogočil izobraževanje na Univerzi Northwestern pod mentorstvom prof. dr. Dimitri Krainca. Obisk bo namenjen učenju izvajanja kliničnih raziskav na področju motenj gibanja in sodelovanju z njihovo ekipo, ki se ukvarja z vagusno stimulacijo. Med študijem je bila aktivna članica Slovenske nevroznanstvene združenja – sodelovala je pri organizaciji predavanj in drugih dogodkov na temo nevrozonanosti in različnih bolezni možganov. Je zagovornica jasne in odprte komunikacije znanosti in se zaveda njene naraščajoče pomembnosti. Bila je sovodja organizacijske ekipe Tedna možganov 2019, ko je dogodek prejel tudi častno pokroviteljstvo predsednika države Boruta Pahorja. Kljub temu da jo iz področja nevroznanosti zanima marsikaj, je njeno pozornost najbolj pritegnila povezava med črevesno mikrobioto in potekom Parkinsonove bolezni. V svojem doktoratu bo preučevala vlogo stimulacije vagusnega živca pri bolnikih s Parkinsonovo boleznijo. V veliko veselje so ji potovanja, umetniško ustvarjanje in risanje, v primeru lepega vremena pa se najraje odpravi na izlet v gore ali na sprehod po gozdu z njenim malim kužkom.

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