From the WUSTL Newsroom…
As Shin-ichiro Imai grew up outside Tokyo, he heard his parents many times tell the story of his unlikely birth. According to Imai, doctors told his mother there was a high risk of losing the pregnancy because of a partially detached placenta. Imai’s mother went to great lengths to find a doctor willing to take a chance on the baby and provide her care.
“Again and again my parents told me this story,” Imai said. “It had a huge impact on me. When I was very young, I wanted to become a doctor. But the message that most ingrained itself in me was that even if there is a very small chance of success, I’m going to give it my best effort. That’s how I was born.”
Today, Imai, MD, PhD, is a professor of developmental biology and of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. And though he does not treat patients, his research has shed light on the processes of aging and longevity, as he has sought to help people maintain better health into later years.
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