Lola de Marcos, standing, third from right.


Without a doubt, my participation in the laboratory Sepulcre(Sepulcre Lab) at Harvard Medical School has been one of the most stimulating experiences of my time at School of Medicine at the University of Navarra. From my arrival in Boston in May until my departure in August, I learned, grew and met many people with whom I hope I will never lose touch at contact.

Academically, I have been able to better understand the applications of fMRI/fcMRI and its value in gaining insight into brain functioning. Although I had already studied the basics of the technique during the degree program, in Boston I was able to really understand how brain flow can predict not only brain activity, but also its connectivity. On the other hand, graph theory was a completely new field for me and I found its application in neuroscience fascinating.

In addition, I have realized that the integration multidisciplinary is fundamental in biomedicalresearch . Coming from the School of Medicine, where the most different thing we encounter is some Pharmacy student who has made a mistake in classroom, the possibility of working with engineers, psychologists and even neuro-economists has been very enriching.

The very nature of laboratory Sepulcre is multidisciplinary, as it combines two specialties (Radiology and Neurology) that approach the same disease (Alzheimer's disease) from different perspectives. The opportunity to work with engineers allowed me to learn about the world of computer science and programming and the immense possibilities that exist in this field.

My experience was also exciting at staff. I was able to participate in a professional environment, grasping its dynamics and responsibilities. In this sense, what struck me the most was the incredible work teamwork of the researchers around me; we all helped each other a lot. In addition, I realized that creativity, cooperation and courage are among the most valued qualities, which motivated me to improve in these areas. On the other hand, living in Boston forced me to jump out of my comfort zone and I think this helped me to adapt quickly. I would repeat the experience without hesitation and would recommend it to any fellow who dares to cross the pond. The School of Medicine offers this opportunity every year and it is worth taking advantage of it.

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