Fort Ellis native Lilla Roy is eager to learn all she can about respiratory syncytial virus, an infant respiratory illness that affects children worldwide. Roy can often be found researching the topic and is participating in a study into the illness as part of her pharmaceutical sciences studies, which is expected to be featured in an academic journal. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
TRURO – Lilla Roy can’t wait for the day her research makes an impact on little lives.
The 27-year-old former Fort Ellis resident is now living in Vancouver studying pharmaceutical sciences. As part of her studies, she is doing research on an infant respiratory disease - respiratory syncytial virus – and recently returned from an international conference in Australia where she was one of the presenters.
“It was a tremendous opportunity. To come from a small area, Fort Ellis, and have the same opportunities as the next person is great. To see what others are doing across the world … top researchers … and to see we are unified in our work and potentially making a difference is great,” said Roy, who spent eight days in Australia where a typical July winter day is 18 degrees.
At the conference Roy shared some of her work in infants and quality care issues regarding health care and economics. Roy is working on a survey, featuring a sample of people throughout Canada as well as physicians, and a study that delves into all the possible options related to respiratory syncytial virus and how it could potentially affect quality-of-life decisions, medication, finances and coverage, promotion and programs.
“This type of research could affect kids in Colchester County because ultimately this illness affects every child in Canada. It’s the most common (illness) in infants worldwide and in some infants they are more likely to be sick if they have other issues like lung and heart (problems) or are premature,” said Roy. “Everyone has had it by the age of two and most get sick enough to go to the hospital.”
Symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus include wheezing, coughing, fever and not eating well. Some children require oxygen, puffers, other medication or hospitalization. Some families struggle on how to provide the best care and require more options or knowledge, said Roy, which is what her research intends to assist.
“It’s early but it could help decision-makers and the government and those who make policies with future decisions on quality care. It’s a stepping stone.”
Her research will hopefully be available within six months and is expected to be printed in an academic journal. The name of the journal has not yet been confirmed.
Name: Lilla Roy
From: Fort Ellis originally, now in Vancouver
Enjoys: Learning, meeting new people, travelling
A philosophy she embraces: “You need to have confidence in yourself. People from here have done incredible things all over the world and you can too.”