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Opinion: Success!

The astonishing secret to getting jobs, grants, papers, and happiness in biomedical research

Douglas Green
I didn't notice at the time, but there was a point in my life when I more-or-less stopped asking successful scientists how they did it, and someone asked me. And while I offer neither evidence nor assertion that I am successful (indeed, I think I have a great way to go), the fact that I somehow can continue to do this, and occasionally be asked about it, might be regarded as a kind of success. There are some of us who mark success by tenure (a concept that serves as high comedy among my friends who are in business), "impact factor" (ditto), or the recognition of our peers (which is a wonderful thing, but not why I embarked on this career). But I'm going to go with the first definition: getting to do this thing we do, biomedical research, for now and for the foreseeable future.
Douglas Green

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work,hasneededthisneedDouglas R. Green studies cell death and survival at the linkurl:Department of Immunology,;http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=cdb410e88ce70110VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. He recently wrote "Stress in biomedical research: Six impossible things," linkurl:Mol Cell,;http://www.cell.com/molecular-cell/abstract/S1097-2765%2810%2900783-5 40:176-178, 2010. He is also the author of linkurl:Means to an End: Apoptosis and Other Cell Death Mechanisms,;http://www.cshlpress.com/default.tpl?action=full&--eqskudatarq=884 available from Cold Spring Harbor Press. He is a member of the Faculty of Cell Biology at F1000. For his latest evaluations, linkurl:click here.;http://www.f1000.com/thefaculty/member/1782036998295682



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