My name is Teresa St Claire and I am a former cancer research scientist, now turned medical writer. But I haven’t always been a scientist. In fact, I started out life as a secretary; a capacity in which I traveled the world, living and working in 11 countries across 5 continents. During that time I spent several years working on oil and gas installations in French North Africa and the Middle East.
After 20 years ‘on the road’, I decided I wanted to become a research scientist. To my continuing mystification, I was accepted at a prestigious medical school in England at the grand old age of 39! Despite having left it a bit late in life to start a scientific career, as it happened my timing couldn’t have been better, as Birmingham University had just devised a course, based on the medical degree, which was uniquely designed for those wanting to pursue medical research.
Looking back, I have to admit it was a hard slog, but one which I considered well worth it when I discovered I had been awarded an upper second class degree in Medical Science a few years later. My subsequent PhD studies were in the field of breast cancer, which continues to be an interest of mine. My other research interests center around immunology and auto-immune diseases, together with allergies and food intolerances such as gluten intolerance.
What Teresa's Up To Now
Several years ago I decided to combine my writing abilities with my medical knowledge to earn my living as a medical writer. My days are spent writing for clients around the world, contributing material to websites and peer-reviewed medical journals alike. Despite my training in pharmacology, these days I lean less towards the pharmaceutical approach to medicine. Rather, I take a great interest in natural health and alternative medicine, and have a wide range of knowledge in this area, preferring acupuncture and herbs to toxic pharmaceuticals to care of my own health.
My enthusiasm for travel has not abated, however, and not long ago I had the opportunity to spend 6 weeks in central Asia, exploring the hidden treasures of Tibet and the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
I recently left behind the antiquated charms of rainy England to reside close to the ocean in sunny Los Angeles, where I moonlight as a feature film screenwriter in my spare time, currently working on a couple of animated screenplays.