There’s a saying, whatever the mind can conceive, it can achieve. All it takes is inspiration. Inspiration comes from many sources, mine was an ASIP conference flyer.
I became interested and eventually joined the American Society of Investigative Pathology (ASIP) after a discussion with a mentor who had traveled to the US for an ASIP conference. From our viewpoint of practicing in a low resource setting, the projects and researches mentioned in the ASIP conference proceedings looked pretty much unbelievable or un-achievable. All I could think of was just possibilities if given a chance. Over the years, i joined the American Society of Investigative Pathology at no cost as a trainee member, kept faith with the research publications, conference proceedings and journals which are some of the benefits you get as a trainee member. Ironically, the inspiration for my project also came from an abstract proceeding of an American Society of Investigative Pathology conference.
It is worthy to note that membership of the American Society of Investigative Pathology helps broaden your network and allows you access to a host of like-minded researchers who have nothing but support and encouragement for your research dreams and career aspirations.
Like a proverbial broken clock, my chance came albeit three years later after an ASIP member linked me to a colleague of his who granted me access to do an observer-ship funded by the U.I.C.C at his Molecular Pathology Laboratory at the Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Texas.
The research that won this International Trainee Travel Award is a product of the dreams that started from the American Society of Investigative Pathology flyer and all the subsequent interactions and peer support that came from it. A big thank you to the American Society of Investigative Pathology for allowing me this platform to express myself and my research. To all other future winners and yet to be members of the American Society of Investigative Pathology, the future is now. Pick up the form and join the American Society of Investigative pathology. The endless career opportunities can’t be overstated.
This achievement indeed solidifies my decision to become an indepedent researcher like my mentor and carry on the legacy under the guidance of ASIP.