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Entry DateFebruary 17, 2021
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NameMeryl Alappattu
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2. Tell us about your current program of research and/or activities and projects that you are currently involved in.

My research interests include chronic and musculoskeletal pain, with a focus in female pelvic pain and associated sexual dysfunction. The projects in which I'm currently involved include 1) examining how exercise-induced muscle pain affects how our bodies modulate pain; 2) how COVID-19 has influenced healthcare and experiences of individuals with pelvic pain.

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

My goals are to develop a line of research that informs and improves clinical practice and care of women with pelvic pain. I hope that my works helps to reduce the stigma surrounding talking about pelvic and sexual pain and leads to more people getting the help they need.

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

My guilty pleasures (although I don't actually feel any guilt about these) are Bravo and TikTok.

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

When I was working as a physical therapist treating people with pelvic pain, I was surprised (and frustrated) when some people seemed to do really well with the treatment I provided and others did not. For the patients who responded well to therapy, therapy was life-changing for them in a great way. For people who did not respond well, it seemed to me that I was just another failed stop on these individuals' journey to try and relieve their pain. I want to better understand what variables contribute to how well people respond to different therapies and what we as healthcare providers can do do maximize these positive outcomes.