emmi_motivation by nuhman10


									I was first introduced to molecular imaging by a doctor who knew I had a keen interest in
pursuing graduate studies. I quickly discovered that molecular imaging is an emerging area of
science that I feel will revolutionize the world of diagnosis and treatment of disease. Having
studied all areas of science for the past four years of my undergraduate education, I feel that a
concentration in molecular imaging is the perfect next step in my education.
        My decision to apply to the European masters programme in Molecular Imaging comes
from my interest in diagnosis and treatment of disease from the cellular level up. Throughout my
undergraduate science degree at the University of Western Ontario, I have taken several courses
in the area of physiology, which dealt with disease diagnosis and both pre- and clinical treatment
therapies. Once I had done more research on the molecular imaging programme at l’université de
Paris sud XI, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in a field of molecular imaging. I have a
great interest in all areas of science and am drawn to how a masters in molecular imaging will
allow me to continue studying all the major scientific fields. By doing so, this masters
programme ensures for what I feel is the most well-rounded and applicable learning style
        Furthermore, the fact that this programme involves a community of elite European
universities is an attractive factor. Having studied at one of Canada’s leading research intensive
universities, I am keen to continue my education at world-renowned institutions. I feel that
attaining a masters degree from l’Université de Paris sud XI in molecular imaging will help me to
add to the scientific community of Europe, since I do intend on pursuing a career on said
continent, in particular in France. I can offer different insights and ideas for research projects
since I do come from a different educational system. To add, English is my first language and I
have studied Parisian French since the age of four, leading me to bilingual status in Canada. I
think this is an excellent asset since these two languages are the most widely used in not just
science and business, but throughout the world.
        Another drawing factor is that molecular imaging is not an invasive process. I think that
by leaving the system as un-perturbed as possible, one may gain a much greater understanding of
said system. Thus, diagnosis and treatment of diseases is much more accurate when an in vivo
approach is taken. I have worked on several insect and animal systems during my undergraduate
career, meaning I have a good understanding of how important it is to control for extenuating
factors when studying a living system. By using molecular imaging, a much more scientific
approach may be taken to diagnose and treat disease. One disease in which I am particularly
interested is cardiovascular disease. The University of Western Ontario is a world leader in
cardiovascular research, thus I have been exposed to many facets of cardiovascular health. With
an aging human population, cardiovascular disease diagnosis and treatment will be an area of
particular importance in the coming decades. I would like to diagnose patients with
cardiovascular disease earlier and formulate new, and more effective, treatment therapies. This
could range from pre-clinical treatment and prevention to clinical care and life-extension.
        Finally, l’Université de Paris sud XI would help me achieve my goals of furthering my
medical imaging education through the specialized coursework offered as part of its European
Masters in Molecular Imaging programme, as well the practicum part of the programme. I
welcome the challenge of serving a large community and participating in such a dynamic and
challenging field.

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