Dr. Ludmila Belayev
Professor of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery and Neurology at Louisiana State University
Professional Member since 2010
“Improving your own leadership skills is a great way to start improving the status of women worldwide.”
What is the main difference, in your experience, between the research enterprise in the US compared to your experience overseas?
I have had the good fortune to have worked with some of the most amazing people in research today. The soldiers of science come from across the globe and are in constant need of funding. The US has long recognized the importance and benefits of research and has invested substantial amounts of money to the scientific enterprise – both privately and through government. The difference between good research a new research is the funding.
How can women engage more in international research collaboration?
Women can engage more in international research collaboration the same way men do. Dedicate yourself to good science, join professional groups like AWIS, reach out to people, attend conferences, and become an expert in your chosen disciple. Improving your own leadership skills is a great way to start improving the status of women worldwide.
What was your toughest career decision?
Leaving Russia where I was a practicing neurosurgeon and moving to Israel where I would need to learn a new language and retake board exams and start over was not an easy decision for me. The decision to move was made to offer more opportunities for my children. As tough a decision as it was, it turned out to be the best decision. My children are now both grown and enjoying success.