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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 at Boston

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

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, ...

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

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

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

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

http://kcampbell.bio.umb.edu/TrainingHyperlinks.htm

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!

Applications for Jobs

Résumé

References

Homework

Interview

Punctuality

Respect

Follow
-
up


Applications for Training

Personal
Statement

Transcripts

References

Test Scores

Homework

Contacts

Interview

Punctuality

Respect

Follow
-
up


How do I get there?

Many ways.

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.

There are many:

-

career paths available in





endocrinology & allied professions.

-

areas of active research.

-

possible training programs actively

seeking qualified students.

Conclusions:

You are today’s academic research
workforce & tomorrow’s scientific workforce.

Seize Opportunity!

Preparation & pursuit is up to you.