Vanessa Megaro

0+3.5 Student

I did the 0+3.5 pathway and my project was ‘A novel method for improving sensorimotor recovery after spinal cord injury.’ 

I thought the MRC DTP programme was very well-structured. It supports students well and encourages academic growth. It is also a very prestigious and competitive programme to be a part of. I liked how the MRC-DTP offered a large number of workshops and gave students the flexibility to select and tailor their choices based on their research interests. This has really helped me to advance my knowledge. 

I did an MSci (undergraduate and Masters combined) at King’s College London and graduated in 2016. 

I have research experience from my Masters working in a lab investigating pain and analgesia. I also worked in a lab investigating the endocannabinoid system over two summer holidays (16 weeks in total) and was granted the Summer Vacation Studentship funding from the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at KCL for this work. 

Poster presentations 

Poster presentation for the Sensorimotor Conference at the Institute of Neurology 2019: Ribonuclease Inhibitor 1: Role in neuroplasticity and functional recovery after spinal cord injury 

Poster presentation for International Spinal Research Trust conference 2019: Ribonuclease Inhibitor 1: Role in neuroplasticity and functional recovery after spinal cord injury 

Poster presentation for the ERA-NET axon repair meeting 2020: Overexpression of Ribonuclease Inhibitor improves sensorimotor recovery after spinal cord injury 

Publications 

Sydney-Smith et al., 2021 Titled: An Adeno-Associated Viral vector encoding Neurotrophin 3 injected into affected forelimb muscles modestly improves sensorimotor function after contusive mid-cervical spinal cord injury