For this week’s alumni profile we spoke to alumnus Francois Curtin. Francois is Chief Operating Officer at Geneuro SA, in Geneva, Switzerland. He also teaches clinical trial methodology at the University of Geneva and more recently he has been a tutor for the distance learning MSc Clinical Trials at LSHTM. Francois graduated with a master’s from the School in 1999.
What did you study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and why?
I studied an MPhil in Medical Statistics because of the excellent reputation of the School, the quality of its research, and its location London was also an asset.
What challenges did you face while studying at the School?
I would not say that there were big challenges apart from adapting to novelty and a new city. Everybody really did as much as they could to help me, and make me feel welcome, and provide me with the best environment for my studies.
How has your degree helped in your career?
It certainly open doors and provided recognition of my professional training. It also helped me to build my confidence and establish a good network of colleagues and friends
Were the relationships you formed at the School useful?
Yes, they were. I was able to link with researchers and teachers who have a strong international reputation.
What has been the greatest achievement or proudest moment in your career?
It’s difficult to say; probably obtaining the “Habilitation” at the University of Geneva – i.e. the first professoral grade – three years after finishing my training at LSHTM.
What do you hope to further achieve in your field in the future?
That is also diffcult to say. Right now I feel that it is important to help others in their intellectual development, which is the reason why I am increasing my teaching activities as much as I can.
What adivce do you have for current students?
I advise them to work hard and try to get as much as they can out of their years at LSHTM, as it is a wonderful experience – you will feel part of a community.