During these two last weeks of August, I will be getting involved with the AKU Society in developing a database with existing research on alkaptonuria. This database will include research on AKU, the name of the institutions involved, as well demographic information and years of publication. This will hopefully help create a wider network of AKU centres, expanding the knowledge on alkaptonuria as well as facilitating communication between organisations. I am incredibly excited to have been given this opportunity and I will make sure to make the most out of my stay here in Cambridge.
In this role, I hope to be able to cover as much of the existing research as possible and to manage to find new organisations the AKU Society could start engaging with, both to benefit from and aid. Lastly, I hope to be able to provide a useful overview that could be used as a guide for the development of AKU research throughout the years.
I think I could get many things out of this role. This opportunity will also allow me to achieve a better understanding of alkaptonuria, both from a medical and patient perspective, and to learn about the different processes that take place in a patient and research-focused organisation. Learning to work with a deadline and schedule outside of an academic setting also seems like a great opportunity to familiarise myself with an office environment.Outside of work and my academic life, I consider myself open to many types of experiences. I love simple things such as hanging out with my friends, reading or going out to the cinema, but I am also very interested in any adrenaline focused activities. I am incredibly keen to try sky-diving and any related sports and I will actually be trying out bungee jumping for the first time in a few weeks! I am also very passionate about travelling and food, and I hope to be able to experience as many cultures and types of cuisine as I possibly can.
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