The Broken Pipeline
March 11, 2008
A group of research institutes have apparently banded together to discuss the dismal prospects of younger and transitioning research scientists, producing a slick overview document hosted at brokenpipeline.org. Participating institutions include Harvard, Brown, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Duke Medicine, Partner’s Healthcare and Ohio State University Medical Center.
A couple of money quotes from the overview document:
“Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, you’re thinking about your grant proposals and wondering how to survive in this world where fewer people are getting funded, and proposals that are funded aren’t being fully funded or are
Michael Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H.
“The process of getting NIH funding can be a career in and of itself. It takes time, and you have to be persistent.”
Kristen Newby, M.D.
Preach on, my friends, preach on!
“I’ve dissected the inner ears of all these different mice–those that lose their hearing early and those that don’t–and those tissues are just sitting in the freezer, waiting. I haven’t had the money or the help to go any further with the experiments.”
Anne Giersch, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School and
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Been there, done that.
“Without effective national policies to recruit young scientists to the field, and support their research over the long term, in 10 to 15 years, we’ll have more scientists older than 65 than those younger than 35. This is not a sustainable trend in biomedical research and must be addressed aggressively.”
Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.
Director, National Institutes of Health
errr…Elias? Dude. Isn’t this, well, your job!??!!!?