• Question: what makes your field of interest interesting to you???

    Asked by cloudy to David, Thiloka, Shonna, Shobhana, Ryan, Ross, Rebecca, Rachel, Patrick, Nina, MattyB, Matthew, Marianne, Lorena, Kate, Kaitlin, James, Ettie, Emmanuelle, Deepak, Anabel, Ambre, Alex, AlexAgrotis, Aina on 12 Jun 2019.
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      Shobhana Nagraj answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      Clinical Medicine is always expanding and changing, and I feel I learn something new everyday – I love the fact that I am always learning new things! I currently work with pregnant women and their babies – and find it amazing how making everything as good as it can be for a pregnant mother, can impact her entire life, as well as the entire life of her baby too – making sure pregnant women are healthy is really important for her and her baby’s life long health. I also work with digital technology and I find it interesting how new technologies can be used in healthcare in a creative way.

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      Deepak Chandrasekharan answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      I find our senses amazing and they give us a very important ability to interact with the world around us. The ear, nose and throat system is involved in hearing, smell, taste and balance. We also use it to swallow food and speak using our voice box. Understanding how these work is really interesting – for example, look at this little hair cell dance in respond to an electric current generated by a song.

      https://auditoryneuroscience.com/ear/dancing_hair_cell

      (these are found in the cochlea which is the organ of hearing and convert sound waves to electric signals to send to the brain).

      When these functions don’t work as they should, it can have a big impact on people – the Oscar winning short film ‘the silent child’ showed this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxwBd9OMOC4 – and so figuring out how to treat people with such conditions is important and can make a big difference.

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      That a ‘molecular clock’ exists in every cell in the body (including cells of the brain), and that even if you take cells out of the body and culture them in a dish the lab without any external timing cues, their ‘clock’ will still cycle with a frequency of around 24 h. We’re still not exactly sure how this works, but we know it’s very important to cellular health, and ultimately, the health of the organ (and organism) those cells came from.

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      Matthew Bareford answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      I work in Mental health that is a hugely interesting field, which looks at all the complexities of the brain and conditions which arise from a vast number of factors.

      My field of interest is genetics and Biomaterials in mental health, Biomaterials are constantly being researched and talked about in a variety of different fields, so that makes them vastly interesting in all the different ways they can be used and working with DNA and genetics is something that involves a large amount of laboratory work, and that is what makes that aspect interesting to me

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      Kaitlin Wade answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      Epidemiology is a vast discipline with lots of people working on different questions. The thing that makes this interesting for me is that there are lots of gaps in the literature and questions still to be answered that gives me and others opportunities to keep researching to find causes of disease. The idea that my work may help people in the long-term is really exciting and motivating for me.

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      Rebecca Moon answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      My research is looking at ways to reduce broken bones and osteoporosis and I think this is really interesting as it’s such a massive problem. Did you know one third of people will break a bone before they are 18, and osteoporosis contributes massively to health care spending, loss of independence and mortality. I also get to work with some really fab people, both my colleagues and the research participants.

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      David Wilson answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      I really like the broad scope of cell biology and regenerative medicine. We often use the term “from bench to bedside” to describe the process by which the results of research done in the laboratory are directly used to develop new ways to treat patients. I can be involved in many facets of a project that might look at something microscopic like cell to cell interaction to testing new drugs to interacting with patients and clinicians. It’s really satisfying to be able to see how the work I do benefits patients.

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      Ettie Unwin answered on 14 Jun 2019:


      At school I really enjoyed maths and physics but I wanted to have a job that I could use these subjects to make a different. I really like how I can bring the skills I learnt from perhaps an unusual route into disease research and work with others to help stop the spread of disease by solving equations and making predictions on computers.

      As part of my job I work in a team with the word health organisation doing real time analysis of the ongoing Ebola outbreak. This is really important to help contain the spread and gives me extra motivation to work hard and find new and better ways of doing things.

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