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.
Varmus was recently appointed as Director of the National Cancer Institute. He was previously President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Director of the National Institutes of Health. In 1989, while on faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, Varmus and J. M. Bishop won the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for their… 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
Marc Kirschner is the founding chair of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. Prior to that, he Chaired the Department of Cell Biology at the same institution for ten years. Before moving to Harvard he was a Professor at the University of California in San Francisco for fifteen years. Prior to his… 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