A personal perspective on the benefits of an international research career

“In the 1970s and 1980s, the United States was clearly the mecca for basic research, and numerous global leaders in dermatology trained in this country in the early stages of their career development. The times are changing, however. With the financial constraints of the research base in the United States but simultaneous growth of the research enterprise in Europe and in Asian countries, providing increasing financial support and booming infrastructure, it is not difficult to envision young scientists from the United States considering these countries for their postdoctoral training. Indeed, such “reverse” international exchange is already evident at the more senior level.” Dr Jouni Uitto

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Dr Jouni Uitto has over 45 years of international research experience. In his post on the Journal of Investigative Dermatology blog, he shares a personal perspective on the benefits of an international research career. He believes that despite the challenges of settling into new cultural environments, there are several benefits to the researcher in taking the plunge to work in a different country. The experience of working in a different international location broadens a researcher’s understanding of research techniques, principles, and interdisciplinary approaches. It also expands their scientific horizons, which is a necessary step in becoming an independent investigator wherever you are in the world.

Update as of 26th February 2016. The Journal of Investigative Dermatology blog is no longer hosting the post written by Dr Uitto. Click here to read more about Uitto’s experiences and perspectives of gaining international research experience.

Una perspectiva personal sobre los beneficios de una carrera internacional de investigador

En la década de 1970 y de 1980, los Estados Unidos eran claramente la meca de la investigación básica, y numerosos líderes mundiales en dermatología se capacitaron en este país en las primeras etapas de su desarrollo profesional. Sin embargo, los tiempos están cambiando. Con las limitaciones financieras de la base de investigación en los Estados Unidos pero el crecimiento simultáneo de los emprendimientos de investigación en países europeos y asiáticos, lo que brinda un creciente apoyo financiero y una infraestructura en expansión, no es difícil imaginar que los jóvenes científicos de los Estados Unidos tengan en cuenta estos países para su capacitación posdoctoral. Sin duda, tal intercambio internacional ‘inverso’ ya resulta evidente a un nivel superior.” Dr. Jouni Uitto

El Dr. Jouni Uitto tiene más de 45 años de experiencia internacional en investigación. En su publicación en el blog de la Revista de Dermatología Investigativa, comparte una perspectiva personal con respecto a los beneficios de una carrera internacional en investigación. Él cree que a pesar de las dificultades que implica establecerse en nuevos entornos culturales, existen varios beneficios para los investigadores que asumen el desafío de trabajar en un país diferente. La experiencia en una región del mundo diferente amplía la comprensión que tiene un investigador de las técnicas, los principios y los enfoques interdisciplinarios en investigación. También amplía sus horizontes científicos, lo que constituye un paso necesario para convertirse en un investigador independiente donde quiera que uno esté en el mundo.

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