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Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation recruiting spans the globe

Courtney Stevens discusses the makeup, goals of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Oklahoman Modified: July 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: July 22, 2013
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Q&A with Courtney Stevens

Medical research foundation

hunts scientists around globe

Q: I know OMRF employs scientists from all over the world. How many and which countries are represented?

A: We have about 30 different countries represented. Those include Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, France, Greece, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Philippines, Russia, Spain and a dozen or so others.

Q: Why is worldwide recruiting important to the success of OMRF? Aren't there enough talented researchers right in the U.S.?

A: U.S. colleges and universities aren't producing enough science and technology graduates to fill all the jobs available in these sectors. So, we increasingly have to look to international sources to fill our labs. Also, the days of the U.S. as the uncontested leader in medicine and medical research are no more. If we want the best and brightest minds to attack our most challenging health problems, we need to look beyond our borders.

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by Paula Burkes
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A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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