Master class with Loren Field: "Don’t be afraid to try something new"

For young scientists there is not a standard operating procedure that guarantees a promising future in science. However, getting advice from an established investigator is not only useful but it can also inspire you.

Professor Loren Field from the Indiana University School of Medicine is a leading scientist in regenerative medicine. The Netherlands Heart Institute was honoured to organise a master class with him at the Holland heart House as part of the CVON Young Talent Program of HUSTCARE. On February 25th he shared his path towards regenerative medicine with young investigators who participate in CVON programs.

With six publications that mark key moments in his career he illustrated this path and the lessons he learned. One important advice to young scientist is to learn and understand the fundamental techniques in research. This helps you to troubleshoot and know the limitations of each experiment.

Also don’t hesitate to get in contact with more established people in your field and seek their advice. Openly discuss the work and findings that might be or are incorrect, and don’t be afraid to try something new!

Naturally there were a few drinks afterwards. With Loren Fields lesson ‘don’t underestimate the probability of coming up with a cool idea over a couple of beers’ … who knows!


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