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British Council Researchers Link Workshop

20 December 2013

I have successfully gained a place on a British Council Researcher Links workshop in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The workshop is entitled ‘Evidence based practice in a global context: building sustainable communities’ and is being run by partners in the UK, the University of Nottingham and the Brazil University of Sao Paulo. The event will run from 10th - 14th February 2014.

This workshop is one of many run by the British Council, which covers all travel and accommodation costs for participants. Details of workshops can be found at http://www.britishcouncil.org/society/science/researcher-links . The aim of the workshop is to provide a unique opportunity for early researchers to share their research findings and build links for future international collaborations.

My application was based on my PhD study ‘Respiratory function in people with Huntington’s disease: investigation and intervention’ and as such incorporates areas such as respiratory failure, long term degenerative conditions and inspiratory muscle training. Although Huntington’s disease is a rare condition with an incidence of approximately 12/100,000 in the UK, there are reportedly 40, 000 Latin Americans with the disease.

The President of the Chilean Huntington’s Disease Association feels that people in Latin America do not get the same quality of care as their counterparts in Europe and North America and this is an area that needs further research and development. Additionally, Huntington’s disease as a genetic condition, and therefore used as a model for other long term degenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

This is a very exciting opportunity for me personally but also for the School of Healthcare Sciences and Cardiff University. Brazil has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and is sometimes described as an emerging global power. Future partnerships between the School and Brazil could capture the enthusiasm of change and the potential to develop research that translates evidence into high quality healthcare.

I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has an interest in this area, with the aim of productive networking during the workshop.

Una Jones jonesuf@cardiff.ac.uk 02920 687690

Una Jones, Lecturer at the School of Healthcare Sciences