Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
How do you think your research will impact your local community?
My research will help us move forward in our understanding of the mechanism of infection. Therefore, it is likely to benefit both the healthy individuals and the arthritis patients, who are more susceptible to infectious diseases.
How would you ultimately like to see your research applied?
As my research aims at understanding the mechanism of immune response against infectious pathogens, I hope it will ultimately contribute to developing effective treatments or prevention methods against infectious diseases.
What are your impressions of the Arthritis Foundation?
The Arthritis Foundation is very active both in providing information for patients and supporting arthritis research.
What role do you feel the Arthritis Foundation plays in the progress of arthritis research?
The Arthritis Foundation is not only promoting both basic science and clinical research, but also fostering the training of young research scientists.
Given the prevalence of arthritis – one in three Americans with the disease – do you have a personal connection that makes the disease more than a statistic to you?
Usually, when I introduce myself as a Rheumatologist, many people start describing their joint pain to me. This makes me realize how many of the people we are in contact with in our daily life are actually suffering from arthritis.
Considering all the medical conditions in need of your field of research, what are the mysteries surrounding arthritis that interest you most?
The pathogenic mechanism of arthritis.
When you’re not in the lab, where can you most often be found?
A movie theater, a nice coffee bar, enjoying outdoor activities or cooking Japanese or Italian food at home.
Favorite non-medical book you read last?
Favorite music and artist?
Classical music, Brahms
If you weren’t a medical researcher, what would you be doing now?
I would be working as a clinical rheumatologist, taking care of patients.