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This month we hear from Aslihan Selimbeyoglu, Senior Research Scientist at COMPASS

 

I am a part of the COMPASS team because … I love our commitment to compassion and boldness. We need to challenge the failed approaches in mental health, by embracing patient-centred holistic therapies and rigorous science. As a neuroscientist, I believe that COMPASS is spot on in its understanding of neurodiversity and neurodivergence

My main role at COMPASS is to … lead our systems and translational neuroscience team to design and implement preclinical science projects that will successfully translate to clinical development

An interesting fact about COMPASS is … that it is truly forward-looking in its ways of working. You can work from anywhere (including our super cool Soho office), anytime, and you can take time off for mental wellbeing. We mean it!

I find peace of mind … in Niksar, my hometown in Turkey. You can see me in the picture above strolling around our family walnut farm overlooking the plains of Kelkit river

My favourite activity is … awe-spotting. Awe is all around us and it makes all the difference for my happiness. I love cloud-watching, sharing my son’s curiosity, noticing sun rays through the forest canopy, smelling rain-soaked earth …

What I practise for my mental wellbeing … don’t take life too seriously, smile

One place I wish everyone could visit is … Yosemite. Hike up the valley and read Catch-22 leaning on a giant tree, watching giant waterfalls

My motto is … kind and brave

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