JAE CHO: I always think about my childhood,
and how I got interested in research in the first place
for science or biology was spending time in the woods
or in the backyard finding bugs and discovering
stuff, or looking under a microscope for the first time
saying, wow, check this out.
Having a research lab allows me to relive those childhood
moments of discovery quite often.
Not only is it fun, but I think we are able to make differences
in the work that we do, that ultimately translates back
into the clinic.
I'm Jae Cho, I'm the head of pediatric neurology
at OHSU Doernbecker Children's Hospital.
I think medicine, just in general,
is incredibly interesting.
But also as a scientist, I think one of my goals
is to try and enter into fields where there isn't a lot known.
The brain is certainly this wide open territory
where a lot of our understanding is still to be discovered.
I get a lot of kicks out of showing
kids pictures of their brain.
A lot of the kids have an MRI before they
come into the clinic.
It's not every day you get to actually see
what's inside your head.
Being a father myself really helps
me put perspective on what parents are going through.
I'll be the first to admit, when my kids get sick,
all of my medical knowledge goes out the window.
But there was one patient that I cared
for who came into the clinic.
He was almost the exact same age as my twins at the time,
and was saying the exact same things
as they were, interested in the exact same things
that they were, even almost looked very similar to my kids.
But yet, he came in with these subtle symptoms
that indicated something was wrong with his brain.
And it turns out that he had a medulloblastoma, a brain tumor.
Being a parent myself, I always try
to put myself in the parents' shoes,
and remind all of the faculty in my division,
and all of the fellows that we train here-- no matter how
hard you're working, and no matter how
long of a day that you just had, try to put yourself
in the parents' shoes.