Research on the Frontline #6
Antonella Macerollo, Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and Research Scholar at The Clinical Research Network; North West Coast talks about how COVID has impacted her research.
Full Name & Job Title: Antonella Macerollo – Consultant Neurologist
Department currently working in: Neurology Department at The Walton Centre, NHS Foundation Trust
Research trials you’re involved in:
Recovery trial on Covid.
European Academy of Neurology – Covid Task Force
I am also involved in trials in Movement Disorders (my field of clinical and academic expertise)
Please give us an outline of how you’re finding working during COVID-19:
Our trust has been very well organised to deal with the new situation. Therefore, we have had a good structure although we were involved in different clinical duties. Indeed, routine OP activities are closed at the moment and we are just running emergency clinics. Moreover, there were several shifts in the Covid-Departments. I have tried to keep doing my research by completing ongoing projects in terms of data analysis and writing papers, since we are not allowed to recruit new patients at the moment.
Why do you think research is important?
My research is on Movement Disorders, especially on Parkinson’s Disease. I believe that it is extremely important considering the current high incidence of these diseases. I am focused on advanced treatments, especially deep brain stimulation. Improving the quality of life and treating these patients is the key of my research.
Thank you to Antonella Macerollo for taking the time out of her busy schedule to share her experience of research on the frontline during the COVID pandemic.