How I pivoted my research during COVID | Dr Shoba Amarnath

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    Dr Shoba Amarnath explains how she found ways around COVID roadblocks through collaborations with clinical partners and people in other universities, and how she made the most of the translational nature of her research.

    Dr Amarnath is an Academy Springboard awardee and mentee, and a Newcastle University Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

    In this video, she talks about the roadblocks she faces during COVID as a researcher transitioning to independence, from laboratory shutdowns and having to lose members of staff, to anxiety around the pressures of building a career in a competitive field. Dr Amarnath explains how she has led her group to a more flexible research programme, making the most of her connections with other researchers and doctors around the UK to pivot to new possibilities.

    “Early career researchers and scientists who are transitioning are going to be significantly affected by this pandemic. It is important to recognise this, and harness all the collaborations that were made at conferences, talk to other co-facilities around the country, engage with fellow scientists and clinicians and the larger scientific groups in order to accomplish your research goals.”

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