Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. This week’s TOS Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Fellow R. Scott Rector, PhD, FTOS.
Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?
A: R. Scott Rector, PhD, FTOS; Associate Professor of Medicine and Research Health Scientist, University of Missouri and Harry S Truman Memorial VA Hospital
Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?
A: My lab focuses primarily on determining underlying mechanisms and therapeutic targets for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Q: How long have you been in your career?
A: Including my post-doctoral research fellowship, I have been working directly in this field for over 10 years.
Q: What excites you the most about your work?
A: Being able to conduct research on a daily basis that has direct application to human health and disease.
Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?
A: Align yourself with excellent mentors and colleagues.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not at work?
A: I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children.
Q: Why did you decide to join TOS?
A: TOS is the premiere organization in the field for researchers focused on obesity and obesity-related diseases.
Q: How has TOS helped your career?
A: TOS has provided the platform for helping me establish a number of new personal and professional collaborations.