ToxSci May 2015 Issue Online: Editorial on Preparing Young Investigators in Toxicology for Success

The Current IssueThe April 2015, Vol. 144, No. 2 issue of Toxicological Sciences (ToxSci) is now available online. To have the email Table of Contents (eTOC) delivered to you as well as Advance Access notification of the latest papers and research in Toxicological Sciences as soon as these articles are accepted and posted to the website, register online.

This issue includes an Editorial by ToxSci Editor-in-Chief Gary W. Miller, Young Investigators in Toxicology: Is There a Crisis?,  subtitled “Preparing Students for Greatness is a Far Better Strategy Than Preparing Them for Failure.” Dr. Miller  “addresses some of the challenges facing young investigators in toxicology….It can be exceedingly difficult to remain optimistic in a research climate that is under ongoing strain, but we must be careful of how our pessimism impacts the upcoming generation of toxicologists. We must focus on preparing our trainees to succeed in an uncertain future. The success of our field depends on how the next generation responds to these future challenges.”

Furthermore, Dr. Miller writes that: “A perceived dearth of opportunities for budding toxicologists is one of the most toxic results of the current scientific environment. I am not suggesting that it is all perception, but rather that it may not be as bad as it seems….The need for toxicology is not shrinking. Even if we think the support for these needs is lagging, we must remain competitive for the scarce resources. Yes, the environment now is different than when many of us were in school, but all hope is not lost. We must equip our trainees to succeed in the evolving scientific landscape.”

Moreover, he encourages trainees “to take a step back to view the big picture of science….Watch the acceptance speeches of Nobel laureates….Read biographies of great scientists. Let yourself get caught up in the excitement of research. It is essential to continue to remember why you entered science in the first place. Science has been and will continue to be a noble pursuit. Once you forget this, it is nearly impossible to tolerate the often oppressive failure that you will face in your daily life as a scientist. Those that retain their enthusiasm for the science are much more resilient, and ultimately more successful.”

In closing, he notes that “We need to emphasize that toxicology has more to offer than many other subdisciplines in biomedical sciences. Career options beyond the professorate have always been part of toxicology. Toxicology has roles in basic science, pharmaceutical science, regulatory affairs, environmental health, health care, consumer products, emerging technologies, and the list goes on. We can give our young investigators an immediate advantage by continuing to make toxicology relevant, but the trainees must be equipped for competition.”

The Look Inside ToxSci Editor’s Desk Highlights include a Contemporary Review on polyaromatic hydrocarbons and lung cancer as well as a Forum article that describes the efforts at the US Environmental Protection Agency to improve the processes regarding reproducibility and the articles listed below on:

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