New staff join the team

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December 2020: Meet the new staff that have joined the Clinic team over the last few months.

Dr Jessie (Yuang Ting) Chang

Jessie has joined the clinic team as a Neuroepidemiology Clinical Fellow to work on epidemiological research to advance our understanding of various neurological diseases, including MS and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Epidemiology looks at a specific population and studies the frequency and patterns of the causes and risk factors of an illness. Jessie's research involves data analysis of cohort studies to address questions, such as how we can improve the treatment and the long-term prognosis of patients.

Prior to joining the team Clinic team, Jessie studied medicine at National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan and later did a Master's degree in Public Health at Harvard University in the USA.

Dr Deborah Forbes

Deborah has joined the Clinic for a year as a Rowling Clinical Fellow. Rowling Fellowships are designed to enable doctors undertaking their specialty training to step away from clinical practice to experience clinical research. Deborah is working on clinical trials, with an additional interest in neuroinflammatory conditions such as MS.

Deborah studied medicine at the University of Dundee. After qualifying in 2018, she moved to Edinburgh to complete the foundation programme.Whilst in Dundee, Deborah enjoyed studying for an intercalated degree in Neuropharmacology and Behaviour. This experience of bench to bedside research has driven her interest in a career in Translational Neuroscience.

Dr Zack Hassan

Zack has also joined the Clinic as a Rowling Clinic Fellow. His work focuses on the MND-SMART clinical trial and the CARE-MND platform. His role involves meeting with patients as part of the clinical research team and exploring how CARE-MND can be developed as both a clinical and research tool that works for patients, clinicians and researchers alike.

Originally from Edinburgh, Zack studied Medicine at the University of Cambridge where his passion for neurology first developed. After graduating in 2018, he returned to Edinburgh to complete his two-year foundation training. He is also a Healthcare Leadership Academy Scholar and a Junior Doctors’ Representative to the Scottish Council of the British Medical Association. 

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This article was published on: Tuesday, December 15, 2020