has always appealed to me. At five years of age, I answered my very
first research question in a landmark study looking at whether washing
towels in the toilet bowl and putting them away wet would be better
than using the washer/dryer. (It wasnít - at least, my mother didnít
think so.) The research I now do at the UW ACTU is a little more
refined, but Iím still fascinated by the ability to ask an important
question and get the answer through a controlled research study.
As befits the role of Research Coordinator, I
coordinate the implementation and conduct of research studies at the UW
ACTU. Since we typically have
at least 30 studies opening or ongoing, this involves a fair amount of
study-juggling. I am a
Registered Nurse by profession, and in a previous life received a Bachelor
of Arts in Theatre. After
receiving my nursing degree at the University of Washington, I took up
oncology nursing before joining the UW ACTU. Iíve worked here since 1989 (which means I now rate an office
with a window and a view).
The research questions we ask at the UW ACTU are
obviously more important than washing towels in a toilet bowl; the answers
have the potential of greatly affecting the treatment of HIV, as well as
the quality of life of people with HIV. I am continually grateful to the special people who contribute
their time and energy to take part in a study. The staff here at the ACTU is a fine bunch of people, and on most
days they are a joy to work with. Iím
proud of the research we do - and feel fortunate to be part of it.