Contact Information: (519) 661-2111
Email: dwong263 at uwo dot ca
As someone with an innate curiosity about the world around me, I have always taken an interest in a multitude of things, finding multidisciplinary learning and work to be both exciting and rewarding. In particular, I am interested in the intersection between medicine, engineering, and physics, an interdisciplinary interaction from which I believe innovative ways of advancing healthcare will arise. In the future, I want be a physician-scientist in a role where I am bridging disciplines and involved with the cutting edge of medical research.
One of the areas that I think can benefit from this multidisciplinary approach is the area of Alzheimer’s disease, where many questions remain unanswered. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of neurodegenerative dementia and is characterized by metabolic and structural changes in the brain. These metabolic and structural changes often precede symptoms in memory and cognition which may allow us to predict who is at risk of developing dementia and who could benefit from early treatment. I am working on a project to study these early metabolic and structural changes using magnetic resonance imaging and machine learning.
MD (Expected: 2022), The University of Western Ontario
PhD (Expected: 2018), Medical Biophysics, The University of Western Ontario
Bachelor’s of Engineering, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (2015), McMaster University
The Associate of The Royal Conservatory (ARCT), Piano Performance (2009), The Royal Conservatory of Music
Awards & Scholarships:
Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships (Master’s), CIHR
MD/PhD Studentship, CIHR