Question: Will your work affect others? If so, how?


  1. I certainly hope so — in our treatment studies for autism, for example, I deal with many families who are really desperate to see a treatment developed. It would be wonderful if our research was able to offer some real hope for these families, who often have extremely difficult lives but are incredibly brave and committed.


  2. My work may not directly affect others, because I am doing research which tries to determine how certain neural mechanisms work in relation to eye and hand movements, rather than working directly with a certain patient population for example.

    However, it is important to know how these mechanisms work, so that we know how to better treat people who might have brain damage that affects eye or hand movements. It also helps in the development of technologies like iPhones which require precise eye-hand co-ordination!


  3. I hope so, that is the ultimate goal for us all!
    At the moment, like Emma, I am working on the nitty gritty small stuff trying to understand the basics. But these basic understandings later lead to improved and new therapies for people because we better understand how things go right and what happens when they go wrong.
    Everytime a scientist publishes their work or give a presentation at a conference, it can spark ideas or form new collaborations between other scientists so we can work on problems together.
    So there are lots of ways our work affects others in a (hopefully!!) positive way!