• Question: Will your research affect people? And how will it affect people?

    Asked by Besiana to Jonathan, Kellie, Kevin, Melissa, Stephanie on 25 Apr 2016. This question was also asked by beststudentevs, lesley123, Zaina, Gavin.
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      Jonathan Jackson answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      My research directly affects people! I investigate the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, and my group is fortunate enough to put our research discoveries to work in the form of clinical trials.

      A clinical trial is when we take a medicine or a healing technique, and try to see if it works in people. Right now, we are testing many clinical trials to slow, prevent, or cure Alzheimer’s disease in people. We should have our first answers by 2019 or 2020, but if these trials are promising they should be available to people in the US and European Union within a couple of years after the initial announcement!

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      Kevin Baker answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      My research will hopefully be used to understand certainly blood clotting disorders and help researchers to make drugs useful in treating them. This will then give doctors something to give patients.

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      Stephanie Moon answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      My research might affect people someday- I study how diseases work, so maybe I will discover a new drug target (something in the diseased cell that could be affected by a chemical drug to treat a disease and make the cell healthy).

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      Melissa Wilson Sayres answered on 26 Apr 2016:

      I primarily study basic science questions, but the wonderful thing about basic science is that is where the biggest discoveries come from – we just can plan for them.

      For example, the drugs developed for Type-II diabetes from the Gila monster spit came as a result of basic science research, over decades.

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      Kellie Jaremko answered on 27 Apr 2016:

      Hi Besiana

      I’m most interested in research that can affect people positively so I try and design studies to answer those types of questions.

      Most of my pain and addiction research will hopefully be used to identify which people need special medications before, during, and after surgery to control their pain. Right now there is no good one-size-fits-all medication combination that prevents all pain or the development of long-term pain. That would be the best outcome of my research.