Sunday, 1 April 2018

Newflash TeamG News

Distressing Barts-MS Team News.


I have to report with great sadness that after much soul-searching, DrK has gone to take up a position at Merck Pharmaceuticals, where he will head up development of the Mavenclad Programme.

His excellent knowledge gathered through years of use of cladribine and identification of the mechanistic basis of its mode of action will be a real asset.  We wish him well.


He will be moving to head office in Kenilworth, in the US to help spearhead the licencing negotiations with the FDA, before returning to his roots in Germany. 

Brexit has been taking its toll and the brain-drain begins:-(

I guess he must have been offered a Yellow Porsche, a chauffeur and a nice house on a hill (see picture above) :-). 

We will miss him.

Auf Wiedersehen!

P.S. On the plus side... I get my room back:-) as I share an office with him ;-).

36 comments:

  1. Does this mean he's given up on the ChariotMS trial?

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  2. Holy Smoke. What an Easter Sunday surprise

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  3. Crikey this is awful news!Is there any way we can stop him?

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    1. Can we start a keep DrK in academia campaign?

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  4. Ndg can take his job! Yes!!

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  5. His excellent knowledge gathered through years of use of cladribine and identification of the mechanistic basis of its mode of action will be a real asset- stealing off UK academia for personal gain

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  6. Wish this is April fools

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  7. Dr K is a fool (April fool).

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  8. Noooooo. Is this for real and nothing to do with the date

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  9. Much as we'll all miss him, I'd like to wish DrK all the best for the future.

    And surely that means you get to to repaint your office?

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    1. Totally got me, full stop - why don't you repaint your office anyway, MD?

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    2. DrK probaly would like to get rid of my art work:-)

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  10. I guess you are censoring the comments saying 'It's April Fool's Day', don't you?

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  11. This is an April fool right MD? Not funny :(
    Was about to pen heartfelt thanks for #ChariotMS and tearful goodbye

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  12. Is this a real post MD? Quite a few people will feel stressed wondering what will happen to the chariot trial!

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    1. Thank you all for lovely messages, so nice to get a glimpse of one's obituary (you wish!):-) But yes, I'm a foolish enough to keeping pushing for #ChariotMS; application submitted to NIHR last week, and hopeful the big charities will help it over the line. I'll post an update shortly.

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    2. Sorry I may be being slightly stupid but does this mean you are leaving or not?

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    3. I'm not leaving and fully committed to #ChariotMS & BartsMS, and yes will continue sharing an office with MD (for now:-).

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  13. I think this is April fools.

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  14. Phew! Glad it's not true.

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  15. this totally got me for a minute, good one

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  16. Money talks, it'll tell you a story
    Money talks, says strange things
    Money talks very loudly
    You'd be surprised the friends
    You can buy with small change
    They say it's the root of all evil
    They say gold is the king
    Money talks, you'd better believe it
    All that gold don't mean a thing
    Rich people, hear those pockets jingle
    Spare change, hear the down-and-outers cry
    Money talks, tip-toe up behind you
    Steal what they can,
    Off the cuff or on the sly
    Money talks
    Money talks
    Money talks
    Money talks
    Christine Marie Lakeland / J.J. Cale

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHrTMewsJbw

    Obrigado

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  17. MD you deserve a pinch and a punch 1st of the month. I had tears with my cornflakes yesterday. Dr K is my dr and along with Freya he is the best. Xx

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    1. Sorry I apologise for my bad taste and judgement. DrK will be giving me a good kicking.

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  18. Please tell me that Dr K having to share an office with MD is part of the joke?! I always imagined that MD’s office is in the basement, a safe distance from others, protected by cyborg mice.

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    1. MD’s office is in the basement....It used to be but you go abit mad when you don't have any natural light?

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    2. Yes the "Odd couple"...PS I'm the slob:-)

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  19. You do know this april fools joke can back fire? Why put ideas into the minds of underfunded nhs scientists?

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    1. Quite so - a well known neurologist congratulated me today(!) on my new job. Frightening, perhaps should think again:-)

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  20. Quick question. Given the mechanism of neurodegenaration in PPMS and SPMS is no longer dependent on the imnune respone and occurs due to a separate mechanism. Has barts considered the process is driven by the cns immune system? evolved separately from the body's immune. Given the BBB, hence biological evolution of CNS immune system.

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    1. I think it is dependent on the immune system. But not sure he same as relapsing disease

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