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?