A: I’ve always had a desire to do research that was relevant to patients, but I wanted to approach it from a fundamental perspective. My original degree was in chemistry, then I went into more biological areas, namely biochemistry, microbiology, and then immunology as a gradual transition. Rather than doing a medical degree, I thought I could make a contribution to medicine through my basic research.
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Q: What does it mean to be honored for contributions to rheumatology?
A: As an academic, one is very appreciative of peer recognition. For us, it’s the most important type of recognition … you’re really trying to put your ideas out there and get them accepted. That’s your job.
Q: As the ACR’s second non-U.S. researcher to receive the award, does that make the honor more meaningful?
A: Australians always liked to be recognized internationally, and the ACR is a huge and significant organization. A great deal of the best research in rheumatology is presented at its annual meeting. Obviously I feel pretty good about the award.
Richard Quinn is a freelance writer based in New Jersey.