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Quarterly Summary: Changes at CIHR and starting up your lab


This quarter features a guest post from the current Chair of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars and several posts from both Jonathan and David.  As always, our guest posts are very popular (and very good!) because the writers have often thought deeply about the issue they are speaking up about – we encourage more of our readers to do the same – get in touch at [email protected].

Guest Post – Dr. Joe Sparling, Chair of CAPS/ACSP
Employment insurance for postdocs needs to be a priority

Jonathan’s posts focused on those incredibly tough first few years starting up a new laboratory group – from getting the position through to the very practical issues that need ironing out and can cost you months of productivity if not done correctly:

David’s posts were more varied and focused on the broader issues of being a young scientist with two posts on peer review and another employment related post with new legislation in the U.S. that should give many postdocs a salary bump:

David also continued to write for Signals Blog on stem cell science with some posts on the ISSCR meeting amongst others:

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David Kent
Dr. David Kent is a principal investigator at the York Biomedical Research Institute at the University of York, York, UK. He trained at Western University and the University of British Columbia before spending 10 years at the University of Cambridge, UK where he ran his research group until 2019. His laboratory's research focuses on the fundamental biology of blood stem cells and how changes in their regulation lead to cancers. David has a long history of public engagement and outreach including the creation of The Black Hole in 2009.
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