ALLANNA RUSSELL, GYC 2013
It’s very important work for many reasons. Without medical research, we wouldn’t understand how our bodies work, which drugs help us to get better or which ones might make us sick. Doctors, nurses and pharmacists all know how to help you get better because of the hundreds of years of medical research.
My research this year focuses on strokes – when a blood clot become stuck in the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.
I didn’t wake up one day though and think, “I’m going to work in the lab all day studying medicines!” I took a very long and twisted road through my studies to get here. My problem in deciding what I wanted to be was that I loved pretty much everything! I couldn’t decide on just one thing to study.
In high school, I wanted to be an artist, then a psychologist and then in college I wanted to be a mathematician.
At university, I tried an engineering degree.
After deciding that it just didn’t suit me, I changed to studying zoology (the study of animals) and graduated with a degree in science.
Now I’ve changed again! My current work in medical research combines my degree in science with my love of medicine and animals.
credit: photo and article are taken from the UTAS National Science Week webpage, http://youngtassiescientists.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Allanna-Russell.pdf