We caught up with PhD student and Euan MacDonald Centre member, Ratko Radakovic. Originally from Croatia, twenty seven year old Ratko spent his formative years in Cambridgeshire, before starting his studies in Hull.
‘After my undergraduate in Psychology at the University of Hull, I moved to Edinburgh to undertake an MSc in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology. This Masters course provided me with a strong base on which to form my PhD to look at the relationship between types of apathy and executive dysfunction in ALS and other conditions. I would love to see my research helping to inform clinicians, families and people with MND, and to help those with the condition to better cope, thus improving their quality of life.
In May, I attended the European Network for the Cure of ALS (ENCALS) meeting in Milan, alongside fellow PhD student, Chris Crockford. ENCALS is aimed at young researchers, but is attended by people of all levels. This year, there were over three hundred attendees, which made it the biggest meeting yet. It was fantastic to be in a room with so many other MND and ALS researchers. As is the case at most scientific conferences, there was a poster display and competition to accompany the networking sessions. To my great surprise and delight, I was awarded first place out of well over one hundred entries. I couldn’t believe it! It’s a great honour to have your work recognised in such a way within the international MND research community.
I’m just about to finish my PhD, and hope to continue my research, which will hopefully make a difference to those living with neurodegenerative conditions in the future’
Congratulations on your prize, Ratko, and good luck in your further Postdoctorate research!