Clinician-scientist: Dr Simon He
Specialty: Haematologist, MBBS FRACP FRCPA
Clinical appointment: The Royal Melbourne Hospital
When did you start at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute?
I have been at the institute since 2007.
What are you currently researching at the institute?
I am involved in a phase I clinical trial which is examining the efficacy of an anti-cancer agent called ABT-263 in treating chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.
How has your research had an impact on the community, or how do you hope your research will impact the community?
I am hoping that the research that I am involved in will change current standard practice in treatment of certain types of leukaemia and lymphoma.
What made you want to become a clinician-scientist, and how did you get involved in medical research?
After completion of my advanced training in haematology, I enrolled as a MD student at the University of Melbourne and worked as a clinical research fellow from 2007–2009.
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to become a clinician-scientist?
Research always keeps me thinking and helps me to become a better clinician.
What are the benefits of being a clinician-scientist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute?
Brings in the clinical aspects to help understanding a disease and treatment.