NIH OxCam Scholars Visit Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Scholars in the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program recently experienced a career development field trip to the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The trip to NIBR, sponsored by the Alliance and thoughtfully coordinated by Drs. Eric Svensson and Jang-Ho Cha of Novartis, spanned a full day at the newly constructed $600 million campus in Cambridge.  The agenda included research presentations made by both NIH OxCam Scholars and Novartis scientists, a synopsis of the Novartis Malaria Program, neuroscience and physician scientist career path panels, an overview of the NIBR Post-Doc Program, and a walking tour of the Novartis facilities.  Patricia Gruver, Senior Science & Innovation Officer at the British Consulate General in Boston, made a morning visit to greet and welcome the Scholars. NIBR’s dynamic president, Dr. Jay Bradner, addressed the Scholars during their visit. Scholar Career Development Field Trips are a newly created initiative aimed at exposing Scholars to a variety a career options as well as providing an opportunity for Scholars to conduct formal presentations on their research.