The problem of multiple sclerosis demands a multidisciplinary approach, so my clinical and research work made me face a lot of its serious issues: epidemiology, neurogenetics, neuroimmunology, diagnostics, treatment, rehabilitation, and social care.
I was lucky to spend 6 months in Centro Riferimento Regionale Sclerosi Multipla, Azienda Sanitaria Ospedaliera San Luigi (Orbassano, Italy), chaired by Dr. Antonio Bertolotto. Working with my Italian colleagues I carried out the research project on prognostic value of cerebrospinal fluid, MRI and clinical data in clinically isolated syndromes for subsequent progression to multiple sclerosis and its course and obtained very promising results.
Participating in this project gave me the possibility to obtain up-to-date knowledge in the field of multiple sclerosis, besides, I had practice in MRI evaluation, studied the different laboratory techniques: biochemical, cytological, cytochemical analysis of CSF, immune-isoelectric focusing, cytopathic effect assay, rPCR for detecting MxA level, bridging ELISA, rPCR to the following viruses: HSV 1, 2, 6, EBV, CMV, VZV, JCV, studied the principles of bio-bank creation and improved my Italian contacting with my colleagues and patients.
A valuable experience besides science was, that I had a unique chance to enjoy Italian culture and cuisine, to get acquainted with Turin, rich in splendorous history, museums, cultural events, contemporary architecture and art.
I would like to thank European Federation of Neurological Societies for this great possibility to develop my expertise, Dr. Antonio Bertolotto and all team of Centro Riferimento Regionale Sclerosi Multipla for their friendliness, help and support!
Yana Motuzova works at the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Belorussian State Medical University in Minsk, Belarus