Medical science is a noble calling, but it’s often extremely competitive, and the next batch of research funding is always top of mind.

To succeed, researchers must seize advantages when they see them, says Dr. William Zempsky, head of the pain and palliative medicine division at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and a professor at the UConn School of Medicine. That may mean carving out a niche in a field of study that isn’t quite as crowded.