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What Changes Are Needed to Sustain a Vibrant Workforce of PhD Biomedical Scientists?
New Rochelle, NY, December 2, 2016—The increasing diversity of career options for PhD-level biomedical scientists is driving new, more centralized career development initiatives in the academic community, designed to incentivize innovation and research and to support the types of programs that will attract the best talent to careers in biomedical science. How universities and their faculty can best achieve these goals is discussed in the article entitled "Enhancing Graduate and Postdoctoral Education to Create a Sustainable Biomedical Workforce," published in Human Gene Therapy, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Human Gene Therapy website until December 31, 2016.
Cynthia N. Fuhrmann, PhD, Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, author of this insightful article, emphasizes the importance of a long-term commitment to career development of PhD biomedical scientists and offers recom-mendations for how universities can establish and strengthen effective programs that com-bine information about career options, planning, networking, and professional skills, thesis research, and practical experience. Dr. Fuhrmann provides specific guidance to research advisors on how to facilitate and support the career development of the students and post-doctoral trainees they mentor.
“As funding shifts and opportunities abound in industry, young gene therapy scientists, whether they be graduate students, post-docs, or junior faculty, are grappling with career decisions every day,” says Editor-in-Chief Terence R. Flotte, MD, Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education and Dean, Provost, and Executive Deputy Chancellor, Uni-versity of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. “Dean Fuhrman’s review pre-sents crucial data and frames the issues vital to informing such decisions.”
About the Journal
Human Gene Therapy, the Official Journal of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy, French Society of Cell and Gene Therapy, German Society of Gene Therapy, and five other gene therapy societies, is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published monthly in print and online. Led by Editor-in-Chief Terence R. Flotte, MD, Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education and Dean, Provost, and Executive Deputy Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Human Gene Therapy presents reports on the transfer and expression of genes in mammals, including humans. Related topics include improvements in vector development, delivery systems, and animal models, particularly in the areas of cancer, heart disease, viral disease, genetic disease, and neurological disease, as well as ethical, legal, and regulatory issues related to the gene transfer in humans. Its companion journals, Human Gene Therapy Methods, published bimonthly, focuses on the application of gene therapy to product testing and development, and Human Gene Therapy Clinical Development, published quarterly, features data relevant to the regulatory review and commercial development of cell and gene therapy products. Tables of contents for all three publications and a free sample issue may be viewed on the Human Gene Therapy website.
About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, Tissue Engineering, Stem Cells and Development, and Cellular Reprogramming. Its biotechnology trade magazine, GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.