« When I was asked by Cell to contribute a story, I decided the most important one is my journey to open science » writes Dr Guy Rouleau, winner of the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award 2020 in part for his leadership in the field of Open Science.
My Journey to Open Science is a contemporary story, fascinating and interesting for who is involved in Open access. How can a scientist lead a great career while defending open science?
It began in the mid-1980s, when he was student in genetics. He was inspired by Tom Maniatis, for whom sharing is essential to science and kept this in mind throughout his journey: as an independent researcher, in his academic career, when he joined the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada (STIC), and then, as the director of the Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (The Neuro). Thanks to his work, The Neuro became the « first academic Institution in the world to adopt an open science philosophy » at the end of 2016.
In Guy Rouleau’s article, the words « funding », « innovation », « drug discovery », « industry » and « collaboration » rhyme with knowledge sharing.
In the current pandemic period, the conclusion of this story has more than ever a particular echo: « All this gives me hope for the future, and confidence that open science will continue to grow and thrive, and lead to the development of desperately needed new treatments. Our patients deserve no less. »
This article published in Cell is a story to read, to tell and to share absolutly!