We’ve been working with seven other medical funders to create a ‘funding view’ of the interactive career map. The ‘funding view’ will help you find which grant or fellowship is the right one for you. During his three-month MRC Policy Internship Andrew Eustace, PhD student at the University of Bristol, helped us test the map. Here he explains how it will help with career planning.
After months of thesis writing I begin to catch a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Like all students at this stage, I’m starting to think about what to do next. Do I pursue a career in academia, industry, or leave science altogether?
A career in scientific research can mean short-term contracts and long working hours. Despite this, you might, like me, still be inspired by scientific research and so assessing the postdoctoral job market.
Once you’ve made that choice, it is almost time to make another: what will you do after a postdoc? Read more
MRC Senior Non-Clinical Research Fellow Dr Eva Hoffmann is trying to find why a woman’s risk of having a baby with a chromosomal disorder – such as Down syndrome – increases with age. Here she tells us about her working life.
I started my own lab after quite a short postdoc – three years – when I was awarded my Royal Society fellowship. I undertook this at the MRC Genome Damage and Stability Centre, now embedded within the University of Sussex. I’ve been an MRC Senior Non-Clinical Research Fellow for four years and that’s really allowed me to do more blue skies research that is paying dividends now.
I’m interested in understanding how the information encoded in our genomes and chromosomes is transmitted accurately to the next generation. For human health this is very important because there’s a high level of pregnancy loss associated particularly with a woman’s age. Today, more women over 30 are giving birth than in past generations – in the UK, women 35 and older account for around 20 per cent of all births. Read more
Alasdair MacLullich with his ‘Delbox’
In the first of a series of scientist profiles taken from our Annual Review 2011/12, Sarah Harrop speaks to the University of Edinburgh’s Professor Alasdair MacLullich about how he’s enlisted the skills of a toy maker to develop a new test for delirium in the elderly.
With its grey plastic case and chunky buttons, the device on the table in front of Professor Alasdair MacLullich looks like something from a 1980s episode of Tomorrow’s World. Affectionately known as the ‘Delbox’, this is the first computerised test specifically designed for detecting delirium. To the uninitiated, the word delirium might sound like a Victorian malady; a disease confined to history books. But it’s a common modern-day problem and a major risk factor for dementia and death in the elderly. New ways of detecting and treating the condition are urgently needed.
Alasdair is a professor of geriatric medicine. His interest in this area was sparked during his PhD, which looked at the link between stress hormones and cognitive impairment in the elderly. More recently, an opportunity for further research came along when Alasdair was awarded an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship. Read more