Works to prevent Eye disease in children
Our lab studies uveitis, which is inflammation of the uvea, which is basically the inner parts of the eye. There are multiple or a few population-based studies on the epidemiology of uveitis in the US, but there are none on children, and so we’re trying to determine what the epidemiology, the characteristics, the risk factors, the general trends of uveitis in children are in the United States. And so we’re working with the Children’s National Medical Center to better characterize uveitis in children here, and we’re also planning on working with Kaiser and looking at the private sector as well.
So hopefully the impact that we can have is that we can find out what these are, what these characteristics and respecters are so that we can intervene earlier and treat these children. So I grew up in Los Angeles, California. My parents were not in research at all or in the health sciences or in medicine. My parents immigrated from Korea and were just kind of working in furniture manufacturing and kind of more graphic design type of work. And so my interest in science first came from going to classes and realizing that, like this, like science is very interesting.
And so, when I went to college, I majored in molecular cell development biology. The reason I decided to apply to medical school though instead of going to just a Ph.D. program was that during my research time, I realized how much more clinicians know about how the human body works and what’s more relevant to what’s needed out there in the clinic or amongst patients and so that kind of drew my interest into applying for medical school and becoming a doctor who actually does research as well. I work on multiple projects here, and I think that is kind of one of the good things about working here is that I get to not just do my own project that I’m reading but also help other people working on their different projects. Kim: Hi Doctor Hasson. Hi. Dr. Hasson: Hi, Jane how are you. Kim:
Good, how are you? Dr. Hasson: I’m good, I’m good.Kim: I just had a quick question about some of the clinical exam findings. Because of that, I interact with a lot of different people, especially some of the clinical fellows who have already gone through ophthalmology training and are now in their uveitis specialty training. I get to contribute my expertise but they also get to contribute their wonderful expertise. Dr. Hasson: Is that helpful?Kim: Yeah, that really answers my question.
So we are in Washington DC and a lot of the museums are free and I actually like to go to some museums so I frequent the museums often. There’s also a lot of hiking around here as well. And so I really, being from California, I really like the outdoors so I try to do that as much as I can
With research and actually a lot of things in life, I feel as though there’s not of immediate gratification that with everything I think we learn something about it and every little thing even if it’s a failure or a success or what we think is a failure or a success actually leads to some sorts of answers and better clues and actually contributes to science.
And so research can be a laborious process and can really depend on sometimes other people and may lead to some frustration but really at the end of the day, we’re all contributing to something really great. I guess the best advice that I can give them is to always have a goal and work towards it.
At times it may be discouraging because you’ll see someone that’s better than you or I don’t know might have had better opportunities and so might have a lot more in their resume than you may have but I wouldn’t be discouraged. I would just set my goals but also be open-minded because sometimes there are opportunities that you may not have thought of or have known and just keep ongoing.