RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Moatasem El-Ayadi, M.D.

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Moatasem El-Ayadi, M.D.

Consultant of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Children Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357

  1. Where are you from?/Where did you study?

I am from Cairo, Egypt, and I have studied there my whole life.

  1. What are you researching right now?

I am currently interested in pediatric High Grade Gliomas ( including DIPG). This has been my focus of research for the past year right now, with special interest in High Grade Gliomas in very young children less than 3 years of age.

  1. Who is your all-time favorite scientist and why?

Stephen Hawkings, although he is not a medical field scientist , yet I’ve always found him highly inspirational. His perseverance¬†and geniality put him among the greatest people of mankind whose works are largely¬†influential.

  1. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like playing the piano. Also I love travelling in my vacations, I’ve been to more than 11 countries so far, and I am planning to go on with it.

  1. Favorite food?

Sea food of all kinds will remain my favorite.

  1. Why science?

Don’t know, I guess some people were born like this, I’ve loved science since I was a kid and never thought why.

  1. Who/What has inspired you to work on DIPG?

During my early career, I couldn’t easily comprehend that there’s so little to do for these poor patients. It was really frustrating to find oneself completely helpless in front of such patients. For that reason, I was determined to dedicate a major part of my career for research and work on DIPG.

  1. What are you reading right now?

On the medical aspect; I am reading on new concept of detection of Histone H3.3 mutations in tumor DNA isolated from blood and CSF.

On the non-medical aspect; I love to read about history, in particular ancient Egyptian and Greek history.

  1. If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering a research career, what would it be?

A research career is tough and requires patience and perseverance, as it takes a very long time to reach your goals. So my advice is to look for a motive, you have to be motivated in order to continue. Ask yourself before you start why you want to be a researcher, what question do you want to find an answer for? And to what extent you are curious and motivated to find that answer?

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