Staff Spotlight: Amy Hong
Job Title: Data Management Specialist
Hometown: Tempe, AZ
Explain your role in the research being conducted at the Ivy Center.
I manage all the information that is collected throughout the duration of the clinical study. This includes data captured from patients at study visits and results from the Ivy Laboratory. I also monitor this data to ensure patient safety and also prepare this data for analysis of whether or not the new treatment we are researching is effective.
What motivated you to pursue a career in medical research?
When I was 6 years old, I had my first experience as a patient in a hospital. This was one of my earliest memories. Even though I was sick, I remember enjoying my time at the hospital. I realized this was because of the friendly, caring and calm environment exuded by the nurses and doctors. This experience motivated me to want to work in a hospital setting. Health is essential to living a full life, so I chose to study public health because I wanted to contribute to this extremely important field. I am particularly drawn to research because it is about disrupting the norm and developing innovative methods for treating and curing health issues.
What made you want to work for the Ivy Center?
The opportunity to work on cutting-edge research with leaders in the neuro-oncology field made me particularly excited to take on this role. Additionally, I was especially drawn to this position at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center since it’s located in my home state.
What does it mean to you to work for the Ivy Center?
It means collaborating with the best researchers, scientists and clinicians to achieve one main goal – improving treatment for patients with malignant brain tumors and ultimately, discovering a cure for this disease. I am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to this research and to provide a new avenue of hope for patients and caregivers.