Scope 36 - Reversing the "brain drain"

01 June 2008

(left) Brain cells (image kindly donated by Nina Baker and Dr Melanie McConnell)

"bright young individuals...bring an unparalleled level of energy and vitality to our scientific programmes"

 

 

When you first meet the scientists at the Malaghan Institute you might start to think that the “brain drain” we hear so much about in the media is a myth.

With the average age of the Institute staff around 30 to 35, it is easy to overlook the fact that like many research facilities in this country, the Malaghan Institute struggles to find the funding necessary to halt the exodus of our talented young scientists overseas.

In 2007 the Malaghan Institute’s mission to support up-and-coming young scientists in establishing their research careers here in New Zealand, received a significant boost with several of our early stage research scientists competing successfully on a national scale for NZ Lotteries funding.

These bright young individuals, several of whom are profiled in this issue of Scope, bring an unparalleled level of energy and vitality to our scientific programmes and are essential to the continuing success of scientific research in this country.

(Above) Brain cells (image kindly donated by Nina Baker and Dr Melanie McConnell)

"bright young individuals...bring an unparalleled level of energy and vitality to our scientific programmes"