Published on 6/1/2019 12:02:00 AM
Kristin L. Bigos, PhD, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Being part of ASCPT has helped Dr. Bigos network with other clinical pharmacologists. As a result, her research and her career development have benefited. Her favorite aspect of membership with the Society so far was the ability to form a new Community—the Mental Health and Addiction Community—to bring ASCPT members together to focus on an area of research that is both her individual passion and also an important area for the benefit of public health. According to Dr. Bigos, bringing scientists together is the major way that ASCPT has impacted the field, as the Society enables scientists from many different scientific backgrounds to come together to share their expertise and solve complex medical problems.
Much of Dr. Bigos's work focuses on precision medicine in psychiatry. Her work attempts to understand why patients respond differently to their medications. She wants to learn if selecting or dosing a drug based on something like a patient's sex or a genetic variant may improve response and limit side effects. She ultimately chose this field because of her desire to see her research efforts directly impact treatment of mental illness.
For the younger generation of scientists, Dr. Bigos has this advice: “Go to the Annual Meeting, introduce yourself to as many people as possible, and stay in touch with scientists at different institutions.” She explains that in one's research, one never knows when they might need someone with an industry perspective, or FDA experience, or research experience in a different area.
Dr. Bigos joined ASCPT in 2017. She currently serves as the Chair of the Mental Health & Addiction Community.