I am currently halfway through a month-long participation in a research project regarding memory/cognition matters and the possible use of “brain training” type programs to improve speed of information processing etc.
The task that I have to do is a very straightforward one (think of the most boring computer game you have ever seen) but it is one that I find very difficult! I don’t know how much value it will be the whole process has been very interesting - although it feels like quite a commitment with regular daily training sessions (five days out of seven) with datalogging. The daily sessions are at home but I had an initial assessment/training session at the University which, as it involved an MRI scan lasted a whole afternoon and I will be having a second assessment when the month is over (but fortunately no MRI scan so only a couple of hours as opposed to a whole afternoon!)
The project is being run by my consultant who is partially employed by the NHS (as consultant neurologist ) and partially by the University neuroscience department/ medical school (where she is a lecturer) She is based in my hospital’s dedicated MS centre so she is very keen to progress various research projects and actively encourages her patients to participate in them. (This one is quite an involved project whereas others are very simple – such as agreeing to have additional tests carried out as part of your routine blood tests.)
Is anybody else involved in research projects? How are you finding them? I am not a great altruistic person to be honest but, the way I look at it, is that whilst it may not directly help me and my MS, it may help to find out more and assist other people in the future.