Multidisciplinary career boost
In the Neuro-Innovation PhD programme, brain health innovations are approached from the perspectives of neurosciences, social sciences, management, law, computer science, and applied physics. Nine doctoral researchers have already started their work in Kuopio. In total, 14 doctoral researchers will be admitted to the programme.
Doctoral Researcher Melika Azim Zadegan is writing a doctoral dissertation in innovation management at the UEF Business School. She collaborates with a neurosurgery research team at Kuopio University Hospital to study the organisation of remote patient monitoring, and how it changes the work of health care professionals, as well as relations with patients and their families.
“In our study, there’s close collaboration between the university, the university hospital and technology suppliers, and our aim is to transfer theoretical knowledge to health services. I now have a unique opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary setting involving innovation management, technology transfer, and brain health research. I will be able to present the results of the study to different stakeholders and partners, which will contribute to my future career objectives.”
According to Azim Zadegan, UEF has strong expertise in innovation management and health sciences, and in collaboration between the two.
“The doctoral programme provides a valuable experience of interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge, and of mobility across sectoral boundaries. In addition, it is possible to establish networks with like-minded researchers.”
Completing their doctoral dissertations at A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences, Doctoral Researcher Meheli Banerjee and Doctoral Researcher Shekhar Singh also regard multidisciplinarity as a strength of the Neuro-Innovation PhD programme. Banerjee studies the epigenetic mechanisms of epilepsy and novel epigenetic treatment pathways for the disease. Singh, on the other hand, develops in vitro models for research into progressive myoclonic epilepsy.
“In our group, people from different backgrounds conduct neuroscience research from a variety of perspectives, including information management, social welfare and health care, economic impacts, and law,” Singh says.
According to Banerjee, the broad expertise of the doctoral researchers and the diversity of the disciplines involved in the programme give new perspective to one’s own research.
“We are a close-knit unit, and support for our research from other disciplines is available even within our own unit,” says Banerjee.