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Working life: Surgeon and researcher Damian Mole

Damian Mole combines surgery with research. He has just been awarded a prestigious MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship to find out why people who’ve had acute pancreatitis have a shortened lifespan, even after they seem to have fully recovered. Here he tells us about the buzz of surgery, the importance of mentors and relaxing with his jazz band.

Damian Mole in theatre

Career in brief:

  • BMedSc in Cell and Molecular Pathology, University of Birmingham
  • Medicine degree, University of Birmingham
  • PhD on pancreatitis-associated organ failure, Queen’s University of Belfast
  • Clinical Lecturer, Clinician Scientist Fellow, then Senior Lecturer and Consultant Surgeon, MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh
  • MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship

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Working Life: Professor Sheila M. Bird

Programme Leader in Biostatistics Research at the MRC Biostatistics Unit (BSU), Professor Sheila Bird OBE FRSE, has spent the past 35 years applying her statistical skills to a range of areas that have direct public health policy implications, from transplantation to prisoners’ mortality. As she retires from the MRC, she tells us about some of her research highlights, why she chose a career in biostatistics and provides words of wisdom for future biostatisticians.

 Career in brief 

  • Part-time PhD while lecturer in statistics at Aberdeen University
  • Joined the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge in 1980
  • Made an MRC programme leader in 1996
  • Made an OBE in 2011

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