Collaborative Research Teams Work It for NMO

In today’s research world, the practice of teamwork has gained in popularity. This is especially true for researchers who work to better understand Neuromyelitis optica (NMO).

NMO is an uncommon condition of the central nervous system (CNS) that affects the optic nerves and spinal cord. Individuals with NMO develop:

  • optic neuritis, which causes pain in the eye and vision loss
  • transverse myelitis, which causes weakness, numbness, and sometimes paralysis of the arms and legs, along with sensory disturbances and loss of bladder and bowel control

There is no cure, but when researchers function as part of a unit, and when they act as part of a team, working towards a cure is easier and more efficient.

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Moreover, the hope for a more substantial NMO treatment is well served; such as the special projects and programs department of the Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation, who supports the work Collaborative International Research in Clinical and Longitudinal Experience (CIRCLES) in NMO Studies. Read more.

The best momentum for NMO change is a collaborative effort, where all stakeholders work together—like CIRCLES.

The purpose of the CIRCLES study is to create data and bio samples from subjects with NMO and control subjects. The data and bio samples will be available to researchers to better understand the condition.

Interdisciplinary teamwork is an important model for developing program goals and fostering partnerships.

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  • A common purpose
  • Working toward measurable goals
  • Encouraging honest discussions and problem solving

Undeniably working in teams are important as tasks are getting more complicated and advanced as a result of globalization and the speedy growth of information and communication technology.

Research teams are poised to face conflicts that may derail the completion of tasks; each member has a meaningful role to play in achieving team goals.

Teamwork is a fundamental and necessary attitude.

It is acknowledging that as a team we all bring our perspectives, backgrounds, and expertise to bear in order to accomplish a job.

And I, for one, am cheering on the efforts of CIRCLES!


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