On the moment between life and death: Marion Leary joins Real Scientists

We are delighted to welcome our next curator, Marion Leary (@marionleary). Marion is Assistant Director of Clinical Research and Course Director at the unnamedCenter for Resuscitation Science; School of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Marion did her nursing degree at Thomas Jefferson University, following with two Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Marion’s research is population science, and clinical research around cardiac arrest, CPR, and post-resuscitation care. As if this isn’t enough, Marion is also a contributor to the Huffington Post and just recently started a Women in STEAM podcast segment called STEAMrollrs. And Marion also  founded Sink or Swim Philadelphia (2011-2015), a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission was to assist people who were uninsured or underinsured raise funds to pay for medical expenses using social media and medical crowd-funding. And joining the world of start-ups, Marion is also a co-founder of Resuscor, LLC (2012-2015) a Penn UPstart company focusing on cardiac arrest and resuscitation science medical education, innovation and technology.

We asked Marion how she ended up in science:

I like to ask and answer questions. Everything, all around us, is science! Which means there are a lot of questions to answer.

I wanted to help people and save lives.

I perform clinical research on the topic of cardiac arrest. I look at the physiology of patients during and after cardiac arrest. I also look at rescuer and healthcare provider CPR during a cardiac arrest. I am working on examining innovative solutions to improve outcomes from cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, and survival is low, just 10%. Knowing what to do when someone has a cardiac arrest is very important for the lay public because knowing what to do and then doing it (CPR) can double or even triple the chance of survival.

For extra extra-curricular, Marion says: I am on the Science Committee for the American Heart Association and was on the 2010 and 2015 International Guidelines Committee for Resuscitation. I am the host of the STEAMrollrs podcast, featuring women who are paving the way in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and I am a contributor to the Huffington Post.

I love listening to podcasts, reading and writing.

Ideal Day Off? Laying in the park with my family, reading and playing games!


Please welcome Marion Leary to Real Scientists!


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