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.
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About the Speakers
Dr. Alberts is the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biopysics for Science and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. Alberts served as president of the National Academy of Sciences for two terms from 1993-2005. He was editor-in-chief of Science (2009-2013) and was one of the first United States Science Envoys (2009-2011). Alberts is also well known as one of the authors of the renowned textbook The Molecular Biology of the Cell. In 2014, Alberts was awarded the National Medal of Science by the White House for his many contributions to science.
Dr. Kirschner is a founding chair of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School where he continues to run a research lab. His lab is interested in questions of spatial and temporal control during embryonic development. Kirschner is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and he is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London and the Academia Europaea. He has been honored with numerous awards including the Gairdner Prize and the E.B. Wilson Medal. Kirschner also served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Tilghman was President of Princeton University from 2001- 2013. Currently, she is Professor of Molecular Biology and she remains involved in teaching and advising students. Tilghman was involved in the early planning for the Human Genome Project and she was the founding director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton. She has been elected as a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of London and she has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement from the Society for Development Biology and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science amongst other honors. Tilghman will be the President of the American Society of Cell Biology for 2015.
Dr. Varmus has been Director of the National Cancer Institute since 2010. 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 work on oncogenes. Varmus is a co-founder of the Public Library of Science and a co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
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