So you’ve done your science master’s, PhD, or maybe even a postdoc. You survey the path ahead of you and think perhaps it’s time for a change. You’re still passionate about science, but a decades-long career in research or academia just doesn’t appeal.
Fear not, because there are almost limitless opportunities to remain part of the dementia research world without actually doing the research.
In this article for the Dementia Research Careers Festival, Dementias Platform UK spoke to four people who left the lab behind to pursue roles new, and exciting roles in Dementia Research, as diverse as media relations, project management, research communication and strategic development.
- Ed Pinches, Science Communications Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK  and sits on the committee of Stempra , an informal network of more than 500 science PR, communications and media professionals.
- Siân Gregory, Research Information Manager at Alzheimer’s Society .
- Dr Giovanna Lalli, Director of Scientific Affairs at the UK Dementia Research Institute .
- Dr Simon Young, Senior Project Manager at Dementias Platform UK  (DPUK).