Alongside post-doctoral work, Nina is training in veterinary neurology and neurosurgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Her core research exploits the molecular basis of hypothermic neuroprotection, aiming to derive new therapeutic targets for both acute and chronic (degenerative) neuronal injury. Dedicated to One Health, Nina’s objective is to foster cross-translational efforts between human and veterinary medicine, from molecular/mechanistic understanding to the point of clinical application. She is funded by a Wellcome Trust Integrated Training Fellowship for Veterinarians.
Supervisors: Professor Siddharthan Chandran and Dr Katia Marioni-Henry
Clinical Sponsor: Professor David Argyle
Undergraduate training: BSc (Hons) (Physiology, University of Edinburgh), VetMB MRCVS (Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge)
Postgraduate Qualifications: MA (Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge), PhD (Molecular and Clinical Medicine, University of Edinburgh). Thesis: ‘Hypothermic preconditioning in human cortical neurons: coupling neuroprotection to ontogenic reversal of tau.’
Affiliated Centres and Organisations: Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (http://www.ccbs.ed.ac.uk/), Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/vet/services/small-animals/vets/services/neurology-neurosurgery), Centre for Neuroregeneration (http://www.cnr.ed.ac.uk/), The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic (http://annerowlingclinic.com/), The Euan MacDonald Centre (http://www.euanmacdonaldcentre.com/), Apex (http://www.apex-altitude.com/)
Collaborative projects: ‘The use of human stem cell-derived neurones and glia to investigate the cell autonomous and non-cell autonomous aspects of human prion infection’ (NCJD Unit); ‘Advanced neuroimaging for canine brain tumours’ (CRIC).
Public engagement: 3 Minute Thesis (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZCAJRH9xTA); Hope Beyond Hype Project (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hope-Beyond-Hype/288019061309442); EuroStemCell guest blogger (http://www.eurostemcell.org/story/stem-cell-route-roots-mnd); Beltane ‘The Networker’ magazine (http://www.beltanenetwork.org/news-blogs-reports/beltane-reports/the-networker-2014-2/); Access to Understanding (http://blog.europepmc.org/2013/11/a-window-into-brain-disease-is-only.html).