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Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi April 13, 2004 Training: Avenues & Opportunities Kenneth L. Campbell Professor of Biology University of Massachusetts.

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1 Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi April 13, 2004 Training: Avenues & Opportunities Kenneth L. Campbell Professor of Biology University of Massachusetts at Boston

2 This presentation is made possible by a grant entitled “Shortcourses in Endocrinology at Minority Undergraduate Institutions” from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to This presentation is made possible by a grant entitled “Shortcourses in Endocrinology at Minority Undergraduate Institutions” from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to The Minority Affairs Committee of the Endocrine Society

3 Areas of Service Research, Teaching, Technical, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Diagnostics, Medicinal Chemistry, Environmental/ Ecological, Anthropology, Public Health, Epidemiology, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Instrumentation, Database management, Computer management, Mathematical modeling, Mathematical prediction, Risk management, Management, Scheduling, Writing & Communication, Journalism, Media Production, Graphics,...

4 Areas of Research Activity Body composition/nutrition/weight control/ diabetes/blood pressure control, lipid control Genetic causes of endocrine disease Cancer & endocrinology Modulation of endocrine-related chronic conditions, especially in the elderly Office & home endocrine monitoring & care delivery Amelioration or remediation of environmental endocrine disruption Cloning & ARTs for basic, medical, & economic reasons Immuno- & neuroendocrine controls & interactions Developmental endocrinology

5 Topics & Sources to Search for Information on Areas of Service & Research Agencies NIH, NICHD, NIDDM, NIEHS, EPA Societies Endocrine Society Diabetes Association American Association for Clinical Chemistry American Fertility Society (American Fertility Society) Society for the Study of Reproduction Gland or Hormone Names Thyroid, Pituitary, Pancreas, Adrenal Cortex,... The Hormone Foundation Diseases or Endocrine Conditions Cushings’ Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes,... Journals & Web Pages Science/Careers

6 Some Companies with Interests in Endocrinology Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Abbott Laboratories Adventis Amgen Archer Daniels Midland Becton Dickinson Bristol Myers/Squibb Eli Lilly Genentech GlaxoSmithKline Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals Monsanto Novartis Novo Nordisk Ortho Pfizer Inc. Pharmacia & Upjohn Company Serono

7 Training Programs Medicine, Nursing, Medical Technology, Clinical Chemistry Biomedical Engineering Public Health Veterinary Medicine Graduate Programs in Endocrinology, Reproduction, Thyroid, Diabetes, Cell Physiology, Neuroendocrinology, Immunoendocrinology Bioinformatics, Biotechnology Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing

8 Preparations at the Undergraduate Level Actively think about what you like to do & what career or job you’d like to have after training; then strive to reach that goal seeking as much help from others as necessary along the way. Choose classes carefully with an advisor, apply & challenge yourself, be an active participant, do as well as you can; you are likely paying a lot for this education, wring the most out of it. Seize opportunities to explore research beyond lab courses, do an independent study, volunteer in a lab, get a work-study job in a lab or a part-time job in a hospital, lab, or company that can provide additional experience related somehow to what you’d like to do as a career. Don’t be shy! This is your life & your career!

9 Applications for Jobs RésuméReferencesHomeworkInterviewPunctualityRespectFollow-up

10 Applications for Training Personal Statement TranscriptsReferences Test Scores HomeworkContactsInterviewPunctualityRespectFollow-up

11 How do I get there? Many ways.

12 A Personal History BA in Chemistry – didn’t want to serve people MS, PhD in Biochemistry – work on pesticide impacts on development of male steroidogenic tissues Postdoc in Reproductive Biology/Reproductive Endocrinology – work on gonadotropin function & metabolism & follicular growth and development Fellowship led to collaborations with social scientists & anthropologists – ended up working on questions about humans Faculty position – the unique collaborations forged earlier have led to work on human reproductive ecology, analytical chemistry of field & clinic assays, basic questions about elements of reproductive & endocrine systems.

13 There are many: - career paths available in endocrinology & allied professions. - areas of active research. - possible training programs actively seeking qualified students. Conclusions: Seize Opportunity! You are today’s academic research workforce & tomorrow’s scientific workforce. Seize Opportunity! Preparation & pursuit is up to you.


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