FIRST PER­SON

DR LILA LANDOWSKI UTAS NEU­RO­SCI­EN­TIST

Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - UPFRONT -

I am hap­pi­est when ... watch­ing my friends suc­ceed. You wouldn’t know it but ... I’m in a band called Gnarl­hűnd where I play the mighty tri­an­gle among other things. My most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment ...was as a PhD stu­dent. I had a pair of work trousers with a dodgy zip­per that would work its way down even when re­in­forced with a safety pin. I in­ad­ver­tently ex­posed my­self in meet­ings, pre­sen­ta­tions, you name it. Chances are the crowd saw a lit­tle some­thing. (For­tu­nately, I have ex­cel­lent taste in un­der­gar­ments). The last time I cried was ... last week, af­ter I re­ceived the Young Tall Poppy sci­ence award and two Univer­sity VC ci­ta­tions in Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment and Teach­ing. The last book I read was ... I’d love to give an in­spir­ing an­swer, but I only read sci­ence re­search ar­ti­cles these days. My favourite films are ... Gla­di­a­tor, Shut­ter Is­land, Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion, Good Will Hunt­ing, Brave­heart, Dead Po­ets So­ci­ety, Rambo, In­cep­tion, Brides­maids. I re­ally want ... there to be a time that when any­one has a stroke, they can take med­i­ca­tion that helps their brain re­turn to nor­mal. I hope this is achieved be­cause our new method for test­ing stroke drugs, de­vel­oped here in Tas­ma­nia, has led to great new dis­cov­er­ies. My guilty plea­sure is ... a cheese plat­ter washed down with gewurz­traminer. My first job was ... at Wool­worths’ check­outs. My most mem­o­rable workre­lated mo­ment is … look­ing down the mi­cro­scope and be­ing the first per­son in the world to ob­serve nerves in the skin that ap­peared to have re­gen­er­ated as a re­sult of the treat­ment I was test­ing.

Dr Lila Landowski is a neu­ro­sci­en­tist at UTAS School of Medicine. She’s a guest at this year’s Royal Ho­bart Re­search Foun­da­tion Big De­cem­ber Break­fast on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 18, at Wrest Point. Guest speaker is AFL Tas­ma­nia CEO Tr­isha Squires. Tick­ets at www.rhhre­search­foun­da­tion.org with funds go­ing to lo­cal med­i­cal re­search.

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