Along front lines in the east and south of Ukraine, fierce fighting rages daily. In western Ukraine, a relatively safe region near the Polish border, students and professors have managed to return to classes and labs at Ternopil National Medical University, where they continue investigations on treatments for Lyme disease and other vector-borne diseases.
TNMU researchers have found a global outlet for their ongoing work with ScienceOpen, a networking platform specializing in research, discovery, and impact. A recent ScienceOpen blog post by Kevin Jasini detailed how the “Research from Ukraine” collaboration makes available more than 11,000 scholarly articles and is a lifeline for Ukrainian researchers.
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“I think it’s important for the entire global community to realize that research is still going on in Ukraine and to highlight the fact that Ukraine is part of a global network, a global community of scientists and researchers, medical students, and not just victims of war. But they really are part of our, let’s say, larger body of global research,” explains ScienceOpen CEO Stephanie Dawson.
“We started this collection last year in Berlin as there were floods of refugees coming into the city,” she tells me. “People on the ScienceOpen team were going to the train station, providing food and battery packs, old telephones. We had people living up and down in our house. We were inviting people over for dinner. And we still have a lot of those contacts today, and we really were trying to think what can we do? We’re so close to the border. What can we do to support Ukraine?”