These leaders in biomedical research have turned their attention to problems that are confronting the practice and sustainability of the basic research enterprise in the United States. Their concerns and ideas for addressing these challenges have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (April 22, 2014). In the talk, Alberts, Kirschner, Tilghman and Varmus discuss the genesis of this article, the core issues that require attention, and the need to involve the greater scientific community in the process of ensuring the vitality of the biomedical research enterprise.
Harold Varmus is currently the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and a senior associate at the New York Genome Center. He previously was the Director of the National Institutes of Health (1993-1999), president and CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York (2000 – 2010), and Director of the… Continue Reading
Shirley Tilghman is the President Emerita and Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Dr. Tilghman is a strong visionary and leader in academic research and higher-level education. As President of Princeton University for 13 years (2001-2013), she implemented policies and initiatives that supported better training of Princeton students and increased diversity in the faculty… Continue Reading
In 1993, Dr. Marc Kirschner joined Harvard University where he became the founding chair of the Department of Cell Biology. In 2003, he moved to Harvard Medical School to found the Department of Systems Biology. Research in Kirschner’s lab focuses on problems that require the coordination of biological events in time and space. His lab… Continue Reading
Bruce Alberts is currently the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, and served as Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine (2008-2013), President of the National Academy of Sciences (1993-2005), and United States Science Envoy (2009-2011). Alberts, who has dedicated his career to promoting science education and international… Continue Reading