Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. This week’s TOS Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Fellow Tracy Baynard, PhD, FTOS, FACSM.
Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?
A: Tracy Baynard, PhD, FTOS, FACSM
Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?
A: We examine how exercise interacts with cardiovascular function in obesity or obesity-related complications. Our lab is interested in how autonomic and arterial function respond to exercise (acute or chronic), and how exercise exerts its positive benefits. We conduct smaller clinical trials, as well as attempt to examine mechanistic responses with our applied techniques in humans.
Q: How long have you been in your career?
A: I completed my PhD in 2007.
Q: What excites you the most about your work?
A: That’s a tough question. Working with the students is truly the first thing that comes to mind and watching/guiding them towards learning how to ask meaningful questions, and to observe them hit that stage where they realize there is still so much that remains unanswered.
Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?
A: Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself, no matter what stage of career you are currently at. There is always room to network and you never really know when it will pay off.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not at work?
A: Exercising to clear my head or to help me concentrate on something (albeit I too struggle with time), seeing my two boys tackle new experiences via their sports, wine and good food!
Q: Why did you decide to join TOS?
A: My mentor and several other collaborators have been members, and I enjoyed attending the TOS annual meeting.
Q: How has TOS helped your career?
A: Exposed me to new concepts that I have been able to fit into my current line of thinking and networking.