By Marco Bellisario
I recently graduated in Optic and Optometry carreer at the Complutense University of Madrid and I had the pleasure to work for Ocupharm during my intern practice, where I had my first contact with science laboratory. At the end of the semester I was offered to participate in the 3D-NEONET Project, and I realized it was an amazing opportunity to complement my studies and professional training to get started into research.
I accepted and for the next months I got in a hurry through all the preparations. My destination was Linköping University (LiU), in Sweden. I had never been in Sweden before, but the idea of discovering a new culture and new work environment was everything but a push-back.
At my arrival, I received a warm welcome from my tutors Neil Lagali and Lasse Jensen: they showed me the town, the laboratory and all other facilities of the hospital, and helped me getting comfortable with the new surroundings.
It’s been four months now and I acclimated to life here in the north, as well as to its routines and rituals (I never miss a fika break!). The biggest challenge was to get used to the advancing dark during fall. I still have a lot of things to learn about vascular angiogenesis and nerve growth factors, but my secondment has been so far an amazing and challenging experience both from personal and academic perspectives, and will for sure be of great value for my future studies and work.