So, my name is Anna Brown and I’m a medical
student at Duke but working here at the NIH for the year and we’re in the molecular imaging
clinic. Which is a clinic that focuses on different types of cancer and developing new
imaging agents to look at the cancer. This year I’m focusing on prostate cancer, imaging
analysis research and so right now I’m about halfway through my year and I focus on looking
at a few different imaging techniques but really just trying to develop better ways
to diagnose prostate cancer and figure out if the cancer has spread. So I grew up in
Denver, Colorado and was there up until going to college. My parents actually aren’t in,
in the medical field. My dad’s an engineer and my mom worked in computer programming
now and in human resources. But they were really pushing me towards engineering and
so in my undergrad I studied bio-medical engineering cause I wanted to, you know, appease my parents
and that interest. But I was also really drawn, drawn towards, you know, the human body and
just how complex it is. And there’s a lot that we can learn from studying that. And
it also has a really direct impact on people. And so that’s really what made me choose medicine
over engineering ultimately. So I really see that, you know, what I”m doing and what the
lab is doing here going a long way in directing more personalized cancer management. And I
know that’s one the big shifts that we’re probably gonna see. Stick your tongue out
for me. Say ahh. And medicine is really trying to find better ways to address patients specific
cancers and not just, you know a standard template that everyone gets. I think this
work is really inspiring because it just has such a big impact on a big number of people.
I think it’s about 1 in 6 men that will ultimately develop prostate cancer. And so there’s just
a lot of potential to affect a lot of people. And so you know this could be your brother,
or your dad, or you know, any guys that you know that end up developing prostate cancer.
It’s just encouraging and inspiring that there are better treatment options, better diagnosis
options available for them. [Speaker 2:] Two hours for them. [Speaker 1:] Okay, depending on the agent? [Speaker 2:] And the scan goes from about
30 minutes to somewhere around more than 3 hours. [Speaker 1:] Wow, yeah I have a lot of collaborators
in, in this room here. The clinical supervisor who runs the MRI program, you know, I work
directly with him. And also with a clinical fellow who, who does a lot of work. So we
work very closely together. It’s really cool to see is just all the multi-disciplinary
or different departments coming together to affect patient care. So I think when you’re
just starting out, it’s important to really try different things that you might be curious
about. And, and not just think that there’s only one way to go about things and I think
especially for the women out there, you know, that it’s okay to do something that’s a hard
science, or a medical science. Even if, even if it’s traditionally underrepresented by
a woman. And, you know, there are more and more women now doing engineering, doing medicine,
and it’s definitely a place, you know, where we can have a role and be successful.