The aim of the task is to support international mobility for the best Polish and foreign doctoral students studying at the doctoral school, it is the internationalization of the International Doctoral School of the Medical University of Lodz, including increasing the international mobility of doctoral students and increasing the number of doctoral projects carried out in international cooperation.

Directive No. 51/2022 of 23 May 2022 of the Rector of the Medical University of Lodz on the Rules and Regulations on awarding grants for financing of  international research trips under the Polish National for Academic Exchange “STER – Internationalisation of Doctoral Schools” programme at the Medical University of Lodz

Reports from trips

Beata Filipek, MD • Yale University School of Medicine

Since May 2023 I have been participating in a research internship in the USA within the STER program entitled Internationalization empowerment of Doctoral School at Medical University of Lodz (InterEmpowereD)” financed by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.

The supervisors of my doctoral dissertation are prof. dr hab. n. biol. Tomasz Popławski from the Department of Microbiology and Pharmaceutical Biochemistry Medical University of Lodz and Professor Kevin O’Connor from Yale University School of Medicine, USA.

In the laboratory of Professor Kevin O’Connor Department of Neurology Yale University School of Medicine, I am implementing a research project aimed at studying pathomechanisms associated with the occurrence of demyelinating diseases: myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody disease (MOGAD) and neuromyelitis optica (NMO). I am testing and characterizing autoantibodies in patients’ serum using advanced molecular biology techniques.

The effect of my current scientific cooperation with mentioned above research center is a publication “MOGAD patient autoantibodies induce complement, phagocytosis, and cellular cytotoxicity” JCI insight IF 9,496.

Natalia Płóciennik, MSc • University of Cagliari (Italy)

In the spring of this year (2024), I had a month-long stay at the University of Cagliari (Italy) in the Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health, the place of work of my supervisor-Prof. Paolo Contu. My stay was made possible with the support of international mobility through the NAWA STER project.  The purpose of my visit was interdisciplinary collaboration on a scientific article. Through joint work and lively discussions, we took steps towards our goal. During my stay, I actively participated in a number of research activities: literature review, preparation of the matrix necessary for the analysis of scientific articles, engaged in regular meetings and joint discussions with colleagues, exchanging experiences gained in different settings to gain insights into the multifaceted nature of irritable bowel syndrome, which is in my area of scientific interest.

Through our joint efforts, we have gained valuable information on the role of manual therapy in the treatment of IBS. Although research is ongoing, preliminary findings suggest that manual therapy interventions can help to alleviate symptoms and improve the overall wellbeing of people with IBS. Furthermore, our interdisciplinary approach has highlighted the importance of addressing the biopsychosocial aspects of IBS and tailoring interventions to individual patient needs.

My month-long visit to the University of Cagliari was an enriching and rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. Working with experts from different fields such as public health, gastroenterology or physiotherapy provided me with a holistic perspective and highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork in healthcare research.

I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a talented and experienced team, it was inspiring to see the commitment and passion of each team member towards a common goal. The collaborative atmosphere encouraged open communication and exchange of ideas, creating a dynamic and productive research environment.

My time at University of Cagliari allowed me to gain hands-on experience in data collection and analysis, which is the next step in honing my research skills.

I am grateful for the support and mentorship I have received and, looking ahead, I look forward to continuing our collaboration.

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