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How Scientists Can Serve the Patient Community Outside of the Lab

How Scientists Can Serve the Patient Community Outside of the Lab

As a scientist myself who is pursuing a non-traditional career in science communications, I was so pleased to read my colleague's personal story on how she also transitioned from the lab to work at the The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Last week, STAT published an article written by Katie Kopil, PhD, director of research partnerships at MJFF, and one of a growing number of trainees who left the lab bench to pursue other opportunities to help patients.

"Our nation and our health depend on the continued contributions of a well-trained, vibrant and diverse pool of scientists," writes Katie. In her role at MJFF, Katie oversees the development of strategies to improve clinical trial recruitment and increase engagement with the patient and caregiver communities.

Many scientists travel the path towards tenure-track academic positions to run university labs. However, many young trainees are now also pursuing non-traditional scientific careers, including working at biotech startups or research non-profits, such as in Katie's case.

"Every young scientist should feel, as I do, that it is a dream come true to pursue his or her passion in a training program and then translate that work into making a real difference in an engaging career," said Katie.

Learn more about Katie's story and her perspectives on how scientists can utilize their skills to connect with the patient community and accelerate clinical research.

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