Symposium Blogathon: Focus on… Sarah Roscoe

Symposium Blogathon: Focus on… Sarah Roscoe

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This blog is part of our Symposium Blogathon series – where we are counting down to the 33rd International Symposium. Numbers in bold blue type correspond to the code in the abstract book. Click on the number to be redirected to the full abstract.

As a new feature of the Symposium Blogathon, we got in touch with a variety of international researchers who will be presenting at the 33rd International Symposium on ALS/MND. We chatted about what they will be presenting and what they are most looking forward to at the Symposium this year.

Today, we hear from Sarah Roscoe, a PhD student from the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN). There is increasing amount of research that suggests people living with ALS/MND have hypermetabolism, where the body burns energy at a slightly higher rate. Research has also shown that people living with ALS/MND often aren’t consuming enough calories as they need, which could be a result of a variety of issues such as experiencing physical difficulties with chewing and swallowing or coordination to control utensils. Sarah’s research (CLT28) is investigating a method which would help to determine the optimal number of calories a person living with ALS/MND should be consuming.  

Sarah attended our early career researcher event, MND EnCouRage UK, back in July 2022. During the event there were sessions designed to train the researchers to better communicate their work with people living with ALS/MND and non-researchers. Listen below to hear Sarah put these new skills to the test and find out more about her research.

Make sure you come back after the Symposium to hear more from Sarah including some of the results of her work and what it means for people living with MND.

Sarah’s talk to look out for

Session 3 – Investigating the role of hypermetabolism in ALS – Associate Professor Shyuan Ngo (C6)

Blog | 28 July 2022 | Charlotte Roy
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