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Scientists and doctors are most desirable Christmas party dates

Henry Winter
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02 Dec 2013

When it comes to picking a date for a Christmas party, it appears that it is brains that count as more British women chose a research scientist (11%) than a fire officer (9%) when asked to select from a list of professions in a YouGov survey.

Doctors were the most popular choice (15%) of profession to have on one’s arm at a Christmas party, for both men and women, according to the online poll conducted on behalf of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Surprisingly, research scientists were the second most popular choice for women (11%), beating fire officers (9%), lifeguards (4%), paramedics (7%), soldiers (10%) and police officers (6%).*  

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has launched “Behind the Lab Coat”, a research campaign to highlight the fact that scientific research is a lifesaving profession.

New treatments and drugs developed by researchers save the lives of thousands of blood cancer patients each year. Despite this, only 1 in 20 (6%) of those who chose a research scientist as their Christmas party date gave ‘because they save lives’ as one of their reasons.

Scientist Professor Chris Bunce, who is Research Director at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “Research scientists truly are lifesavers. Without them, many of the advances in cancer survival rates that we have seen in recent years could not have been achieved. It was good to hear that the public recognises that we can also be rather good company as well.”

For more information about the “Behind the lab coat” campaign click on the link