Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
How do you think your research will impact your local community?
I hope that eventually it will translate to therapeutic blockades. By presenting my findings at various bone and arthritis meetings I hope to increase awareness of the disease and associated bone morbidities.
How would you ultimately like to see your research applied?
I would like my research to help identify mediators that are up-regulated in inflammatory conditions, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, that are associated with the increased bone loss observed in patients. By understanding the mechanisms involved I hope this potentially translates to therapeutic blockades.
What are your impressions of the Arthritis Foundation?
It appears to be very in touch with the community and patients suffering from various arthritis ailments. I enjoy receiving the news letter and finding out about latest findings and fundraisers.
What role do you feel the Arthritis Foundation plays in the progress of arthritis research?
I believe it helps research progress by informing the public of the epidemiology and morbidities associated with the disease. By increasing public awareness the public is more likely to help in terms of fundraising or donating their time.
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?
I am actually form Australia originally where it is also a very prevalent disease. My grandmothers suffer from osteoarthritis. My mother suffers from arthritis associated with Crohns Disease. Family friends (mother and daughter) are suffering greatly from Rheumatoid arthritis.
Considering all the medical conditions in need of your field of research, what are the mysteries surrounding arthritis that interest you most? My particular area of interest is bone loss, both localized and systemic, associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
When you’re not in the lab, where can you most often be found?
I enjoy spending time with my husband and one year old daughter. As a family we love exploring Boston and traveling nationally and internationally. My personal hobbies include reading, going to the gym, walking, reading and cooking.
Favorite non-medical book you read last?
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Favorite music and artist?
Love swing and Blues music. I also particularly like Alicia Keys and an Australian artist, Missy Higgins.
If you weren’t a medical researcher, what would you be doing now?
I would love to work as a Physiotherapist