TOS Fellow Spotlight: Interview with Edwina Yeung, PhD, FTOS

By Rachel Goldman, PhD posted 06-05-2017 09:24


Today the membership would like to take a few minutes to recognize Edwina Yeung, PhD, FTOS, a TOS Fellow of the Obesity Society.


Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?

A: Edwina Yeung, PhD, FTOS, Investigator at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health


Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?

A: My primary research interests are in the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), related to how infertility treatment, maternal obesity and other metabolic factors during pregnancy affect offspring health long-term including their risk of obesity and cardio-metabolic factors.


Q: How long have you been in your career?

A: I became a tenure track investigator in 2011 after a postdoc fellowship at NICHD.


Q: What excites you the most about your work?

A: As an epidemiologist, it’s important to me that my work is relevant for population health. I was trained to study adult outcomes of diabetes and obesity but when I realized it’s just very difficult to achieve and maintain weight loss and that the trajectory to develop some of these chronic conditions begin much earlier, I was drawn towards the field of DOHaD research and in identifying earlier risk factors which can potentially pull an individual into an at-risk trajectory earlier in life.


Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?

A: Take advantage of all that TOS has to offer, not just grant opportunities but the webinars and the networking experiences. Also find the time to read outside of just science and medicine. I’ve read some of the best advice on efficiency and time management from tech magazines and books about entrepreneurs.


Q: What do you enjoy doing when not at work?

A: I really enjoy cooking even though I’m not that great at it. I also like to travel and even though I wouldn’t label myself as a foodie, a lot of the trip planning does end up being about where to go eat.


Q: Why did you decide to join TOS?

A:  I joined TOS when I was just a postdoc fellow after being accepted to present my work at a meeting. I also knew colleagues from graduate school who were members. Not only did I find the meeting scientifically fascinating but I also found that TOS provided a lot of support to early career investigators and that made me want to stay and continue to take advantage of those.


Q: How has TOS helped your career?

A: It’s been great for networking. Usually it’s hard to get face time with senior people or it can be daunting to try to strike up conversation but ObesityWeek has many such opportunities that are hard to miss and that, I think is invaluable.