Emily answers our questions
What attracted you to the military?
I'm not in the military. I work on military medical research because it has extraordinary potential to generate change across medical science and practice.
What area – place or theme – of conflict has been the most challenging?
Understanding pain. It's difficult enough to explain when you are experiencing it. Science is still in the early stages of understanding it as a research concept. Progress in treating it is very slow. I'm mystified why we aren't farther ahead.
What – either from soldiers, medics or the general public – has surprised you most over the last few years?
Their patience with historians.
What advice would you give to your 20-something self?
That choosing to not go to university thing? Good call. You'll go when you're ready and then it will be the right time.
What type of destination is your go-to to unwind?
Somewhere with a herb garden.
Do you have a guilty pleasure when it comes to food?