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The European Pain Federation EFIC is delighted to announce that Early Stage Researcher Alba María Diego will be joining the team for the next 3 months as part of her PhD training program. This doctoral program is also part of the HaPpY project, of which EFIC is a partner. Alba María Diego is a young researcher interested in mood disorders and pain. She did her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and discovered her passion for science and research. Because of this, she decided to continue her studies with a Master’s degree and specialize in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience. Recently, she has joined the NUI Galway as a PhD candidate under a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship to study the relationship between stress and anxiety and post-operative pain.

About the HaPpY project

HaPpY is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded via the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 budget. HaPpY aims to create an optimal environment for the training of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to break the vicious cycle linking chronic pain and mood disorders. In order to meet its objectives, Happy has created a network of researchers, academic and non-academic partners and support organizations.

EFIC is one of the partners of this exciting project and acts as a host location for Early Stage Researchers, where researchers will be able to develop a range of transferable skills through working directly for EFIC on its educational and scientific projects, as well as on advocacy, communication and general association management responsibilities. Alba María Diego on her new role: “Collaborating with an organization like EFIC is a wonderful experience. I’m looking forward to learn more about how they work and make the most of this incredible opportunity.”