This month we interviewed, Dr. Tom Moullaali, Honorary clinical senior lecturer, University of Edinburgh Neurology registrar, NHS Lothian. Dr. Moullaali is an active member of the YSPR Committee and regular contributor to the ESO Blog, THE VOICE OF STROKE in Europe as well as the ESO Edinburgh Stroke Research Workshop.
When did you first join ESO? Was there a person or event that encouraged you to become a member?
I joined ESO in 2019 when I was undertaking my PhD fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. I was encouraged to join by mentors Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, Craig Anderson and Else Charlotte Sandset. I was invited to present my work at ESOC 2019 and was nominated for the ESO Young Stroke Physician and Researcher (YSPR) committee the same year. I have enjoyed contributing to ESO activities since.
What are you currently working on that you would like to share?
I recently submitted my PhD thesis about associations of blood pressure variability with the characteristics and outcomes of patients with intracerebral haemorrhage. I had my thesis defense last month! I am excited to share more work on this topic at ESOC 2021.
How do you balance ESO with your work and personal obligations?
As many clinician-researchers know, achieving a balance between work and personal life can be a challenge. My approach involves being organised, prioritising my workload carefully, and most importantly, teamwork.
Do you have any advice for young researchers and physicians?
I have benefited from opportunities to work with inspirational colleagues from around the world. They have encouraged me to pursue my interests and educated me about how to do good research. My advice: don’t be afraid to ask! Senior researchers are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated people to help them with their mission to improve care for patients through research. Be bold, show interest and willing, and the next opportunity may surprise you. Remember, collaboration is key: play to your strengths and harness the skills of others to get the best outcome.