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Irene Davis
  1. Johann Windt
  1. Correspondence to Dr Johann Windt, Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia, 2635 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1M9; johannwindt{at}

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If you could write a letter to a high school version of yourself, what would it say?

Don't worry about J Edgar Hoover not letting you become an FBI agent (women weren't allowed in back then), you'll use your investigative passion in other ways!

Most memorable sporting moment?

Watching the Red Sox win the World Series in McGreevy's, the oldest sports bar in the USA, with my husband, brother, sister and 85-year-old Dad—who drank more beers that night than I could believe! This was an especially emotional win as it was the year of the Boston Marathon bombings (my husband and I were in the finish line medical tent that day) and the Red Sox were playing for Boston Strong. McGreevy's is just a couple of blocks from the finish line so everyone migrated there to celebrate after the win. It was a magical night for Boston!

Your most valuable contribution to the field?

Being willing to look at an issue in a completely different way and letting go of my preconceived ideas. We need to appreciate that the scientific truth of 10 years ago may not be the truth today, and the truth today may not be the truth 10 years from now.

Who is your hero?

Honestly, my husband. After an amazing 25-year career in Special Forces, he came out of retirement to …

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