Fatty acids and their intermediates and derivatives have been recognized as crucial mediators of brain health. Consequently, disturbances in brain fatty acid metabolism are highly implicated in different aspects of neuronal dysfunction.
The thematic area of FAT4BRAIN is focused on the pivotal and common role of mitochondria-related fatty acid metabolism for the development of neurological disorders, a topic of highest biomedical and societal concern. The concerted research activities aim at deciphering novel mechanisms and developing new treatment strategies against these devastating diseases.
Early-stage and career researchers improved their skills in networking and grant writingFAT4BRAIN Practical training on International networking and Grant writing, February 9-10, 2023
In February, FAT4BRAIN project early-stage and career researchers could attend the workshop to learn more about the peculiarities of different nationalities that must be considered when communicating.
The invited speakers of the workshop, prof. Martin Walter from Jena University hospital and personal and business coach Ines Kaiser introduced the early-stage researchers to the most important considerations when communicating with colleagues from various nationalities. They advised what kind of gestures improve communication. Also, they mentioned which gestures are better not to use because their meaning could be different in different nationalities. Ines Kaiser also shares advice on how to improve the motivation letters when applying for a new position. PhD Jörgen Jonsson from Uppsala University gave tips on advanced data search, which could be helpful in drafting a project proposal. Prof. Helgi Schiöth from Uppsala University shared his experience in writing project proposals and also introduced participants to his perspective as an evaluator of scientific project proposals. PhD Antons Sizovs shared his experience and compared the differences between the grant system in Europe and the USA. At the end of this workshop, the participants played a game called “The Publishing Trap” focused on research dissemination and scholarly communication in Higher Education.
Early-stage and career researchers attended digital presentation workshop lead by neuroscientist Dr. Andrew WoldThe 4th workshop in series of workshops on career development “How to become a successful researcher” was held online on November 25, 2022
The Digital presentation workshop was held online on the ZOOM platform on November 25th. Dr. A.Wold has several years of experience organising workshops for scientific presentations, effective writing, powerful poster presentations etc. Before the workshop, participants had to listen to video materials about digital presentations and prepare a 3-minute presentation about their current research activities. During the workshop, attendants had to participate actively and step out of their comfort zones, for example, by spontaneously presenting the image they had just seen or giving 30 second-long elevator pitch. Afterwards, all participants demonstrated their presentation to the group and received detailed feedback from all group members. Overall, the workshop helped improve young researchers' digital presentation skills and reminded participants how to become successful presenters.