Research Leadership: Ted Mikuls, MD
Ted Mikuls, MD
This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2020 Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.
- Name: Ted Mikuls, MD
- Title: Umbach Professor of Rheumatology, vice chair of research, UNMC Department of Internal Medicine-Rheumatology, College of Medicine
- Joined UNMC: August 2002
- Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
The Research Leadership Award
This award is intended to honor scientists previously recognized as Distinguished Scientists who have a longstanding research funding history and also serve as research leaders and mentors on campus.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
The best advice I could give a beginning researcher is:
Show initiative. If you wait for "projects" or "opportunities" to fall in your lap, you may be waiting a very long time.
The toughest lesson I've learned is:
Peer review isn't always fair, nor does it always make sense.
The goal of my research is: to better understand mechanisms the links between established risk factors with disease onset and progression in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
My research will make a difference because:
By better understanding disease pathogenesis in RA, we hope to identify improved strategies for the diagnosis and management and possibly even prevent its onset.
The best part of my job is:
Being involved in patient care, teaching and research makes every day a new adventure.
Something you may not know about me is:
- I taught science in a local high school for a year before starting medical school.