Žabkar Ines

Ines Žabkar is a 6th-year medical student at the University of Ljubljana. Her area of interest lies mainly in the field of neurodegenerative diseases. During her studies so far, she researched the influence of estrogen on the expression of genes related to Parkinson’s disease, for which she received the faculty’s research (Prešeren) award. She presented her work at the international ICUR conference 2021. During her student exchange at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in 2021/22, she joined the Diem lab and learned new methods such as Calcium imaging to study NMDA receptor changes in early optic myelitis and multiple sclerosis. Currently, she is conducting a retrospective study at the Clinical Institute for Neurophysiology at the University Clinical Center Ljubljana on patients suffering from chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and the effects of commonly used intravenous immunoglobulin therapy. For the past 4 years, she’s been an active member of SiNAPSA, Slovenian Neuroscience Association, and for 2 years the leader of the collaboration with the National Gallery. She helped organize various lectures and round tables in the field of neuroaesthetics for the wider public.  ASEF will enable her to visit Prof. Dimitri Krainc at Northwestern University, where she will be learning new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of extrapyramidal diseases. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the mountains, reading, and writing poetry.