The Brigham Research Institute (BRI) hosted a group of post-doctoral fellows and research leadership for an open discussion of the various opportunities and resources available to post-docs. The event aimed to learn more about the needs and concerns of researchers at this specific rank, while offering a chance for post-docs to provide feedback directly to the BRI Executive Committee. The conversation touched on ongoing initiatives, mentoring programs, funding for research, and career development. This luncheon highlighted the resources available through the Brigham Research Institute, the Development Office, and the Office of Research Careers, as well as highlighting specific individuals to get in touch with should further questions arise. Post-docs were encouraged to take advantage of the numerous opportunities for engagement including the BRI’s new Research Roundtables: Dialogues and Discussions (R2D2) series, which is organized around research interests, as well as thematic sessions like the upcoming Lung Research Symposium and the Cardio Renal Research Symposium, both of which offer opportunities for post-docs to represent their work and earn recognition awards. Post-docs noted that there is a need for more career development seminars and workshops, which will be available through the Office for Research Careers and the office for Research Education going forward. Forums such as these are a component of a strong support system at BWH that postdocs can rely on when facing challenges.
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