Shalina Saddal

Shalina Saddal

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"Neuroscience", "Multiple Sclerosis", "Cognition", "Employment", "MRI"

Research interests

PhD Candidate on the 'Don't be late!' project.

We aim to delay/ prevent cognitive deterioration and work-related problems in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) by using timely interventions.

The efficacy of the 'Strengthening the mind' intervention is evaluated. This 4-month program consists of biweekly contact with work coaches who are all diagnosed with MS themselves. This intervention is compared to a control intervention to evaluate it's effects. 

Both direct and long-term effects of the intervention are assessed. Patients visit the Amsterdam UMC at 4 times: baseline, post-intervention (0 months), short-term follow-up (month 6), and long-term follow-up (month 18). Patients undergo cognitive and neurological assessments during their visit and fill in online questionnaires at home at three time points (post-intervention, short-term and long-term follow-up).

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Associating Alzheimer's Disease Risk Factors with Biomarkers in a Preclinical Sample of Monozygotic Twins, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1 Sept 20201 Jul 2022

Award Date: 1 Jul 2022

Bachelor, Exploring Aura Without Migraine Headache: A Study of the Associations of Migraine and Aura with Anxiety/Depression and Non-Headache Pain, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1 Sept 201731 Aug 2020

Award Date: 31 Aug 2020

External positions

Guest PhD Candidate, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands

1 Jul 20221 Jul 2026