Have you ever had to take a U-turn and radically re-imagine or reinvent your future?

Sometimes it turns out to be the very best thing you could have done.

Frank and fearless stories of three accomplished medical researchers at different stages of reinventing themselves, their identities as scientists, and their careers … after falling hard.

Medical research saves lives, but are Australia’s medical scientists in serious need of life support? And are we giving young scientists false hope for fruitful careers?


Dr Alison Rice
Deputy director, Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform

Dr Alice McGovern
Postdoctoral research fellow
University of Melbourne

Dr Dwan Price
Immunologist and allergy scientist
Policy advisor, Victorian Department of health

Further information:

Outcomes of funding rounds, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Analysis of NHMRC Investigator grants (Professor Louise Purton)

Analysis of NHMRC Investigator grants (Dr Gaetan Burgio)

Analysis of NHMRC Ideas grants (Dr Gaetan Burgio)

Is Australia’s largest medical research funding body doing enough to retain women in STEMM? (Professor Louise Purton and Dr Jessica Borger)

STEMM the flow: More work needed to support women in medical research (Dr Jessica Borger)


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