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  • Life after Academia Doug Brown Head of biomedical research Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • My journey so far BSc Biochemistry and genetics, Sheffield Molecular Biologist, LGC (12 months) PhD, Cambridge Post doc, NIMR, Mill Hill MS Society
  • Thought processes BSc Biochemistry and genetics, Sheffield  Molecular Biologist, LGC (12 months) PhD, Cambridge   Post doc, NIMR, Mill Hill ?????? ? Postdoc MS Society ? Industry/biotech ? Teaching
  • MS Society Largest UK charity supporting people with MS 40,000 members, 300 branches Research, Info, Support, Campaigning £4-5m on research every year Largest charitable funder of MS research in UK
  • My role: Head of biomedical research Grant round Programme grants Collaborations National/international initiatives: infrastructure/ strategy Research communications: Media, talks, writing Fundraising
  • The good, the bad, the uglyGood:• Job variety• Working with Researchers/people affected by MS• Leading/supporting initiatives that enhances research effortBad• Not enough money• Speed of research and expectations of patientsUgly• Kidnap threat!
  • Well equipped Understand challenges and opportunities in academia • To shape research funding processes/initiatives • To communicate to staff/patients Understand science Negotiation Problem solving Determination
  • How to enter sector Roles: management, research comms Job sites: • Charities websites , jobs.ac.uk, charityjobs.co.uk, Guardian jobs Volunteer for a charity – not necessarily in role but just get experience of how charity works, fundraising Always good to work for charity close to heart, gets you up in the morning!