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Entry DateJanuary 6, 2021
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NameStanley Wu
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2. Tell us about your current program of research and/or activities and projects that you are currently involved in.

I currently volunteer as a research assistant at the PRICE lab. During this time, I contributed to clinical research studies involving knee osteoarthritis and pain. I learned about how pain levels differ among different ethnic backgrounds. In addition, I followed up with research participants by conducting surveys over the phone. I also assisted with the research studies by navigating and conducting the procedures that were used to measure pain. Seeing how clinical research plays an important role for physicians as they contribute to treatment options in the future made me realize the importance of always learning. As of today, I am researching how intermittent fasting plays a role in chronic pain and various health outcomes. I am very grateful for the opportunities that I have to learn and grow while working with PRICE as well as the amazing mentors that I have met.

4. Where do you see your career going in the future? What are your goals and aspirations?

In the future, I will be applying to medical school in order to become a scholarly physician. In addition to taking care of patients, I hope to be a physician that contributes to the advancement of science by continuing clinical research throughout my career.

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5. Tell us something fun that you do in your spare time or any hobbies that you enjoy.

In my spare time, I enjoy riding roller coasters, working out, and swimming at the beach.

3. Tell us about how you got involved in pain and/or aging research. Was there a moment that inspired you?

Recognizing the importance of clinical research in making effective treatment plans for patients, I wanted to get involved in clinical research. Pain research was always of interest to me because of the variety of pain tolerances seen across different ethnic groups. As a medical assistant at North Florida Integrative Medicine, I saw how differently people responded to pain, especially when I ask them how they would rate their pain on a scale of 1 to 10. My curiosity for the differences in pain tolerance led me to become a volunteer research assistant at PRICE.