Nora Volkow: Two paths to the future

Emboldened by her groundbreaking imaging studies, Nora Volkow, M.D., director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is determined to transform the way addicts are treated by the medical profession and the criminal justice system. While she sees this as part of her duty as a physician, Volkow also acknowledges the world-changing legacy of her great-grandfather, Leon Trotsky.  read article

Anthony Fauci: Unfinished business

For more than 20 years, Anthony Fauci, M.D., has been leading much of the government's fight against AIDS. Although he qualifies for Medicare, this intellectually tough physician-scientist isn't ready to retire. There's too much to do -- help find an AIDS vaccine, build defenses against a potential bioterrorist attack, and prepare for the next big emerging infection.  read article

Trudi Schüpbach and Eric Wieschaus: A shared passion for nature’s truth

Princeton developmental biologists Eric Wieschaus and Trudi Schüpbach, who are husband and wife, have shared more than their work in the laboratory and a home life raising three daughters – they are of one mind when it comes to preserving the “purity” of scientific truth.  read article

Eric Lander: The great amplifier

A driving force behind the sequencing of the human genome, Eric Lander is now tackling the “cancer genome.” More than that, this mathematical wunderkind wants to empower the next generation of scientists with new tools and information so they can “change the world.”  read article

Bill Foege: Another mountain to climb

Forty years ago, a young medical missionary helped revolutionize smallpox control. Today, as a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, William “Bill” Foege, M.D., MPH, helps guide the foundation’s ambitious global health agenda.  read article

John Oates: A closer look

Looking through a camera lens was nothing new for John Oates, M.D., but this time the view was different. As he trained his new macro lens on a Spring Beauty, an ordinary pink and white wildflower that graces woody hillsides and uncultivated front lawns, he was struck by the extraordinary beauty of the magnified flower.  read article

Sir John Vane: Improbable beginnings

Aspirin had been used to relieve pain and inflammation for more than 70 years, but no one knew how the drug worked. Then in 1971, using a generous dose of “blue-sky thinking,” British pharmacologist Sir John Vane solved the mystery. His discovery illustrates the value of basic research and the freedom to ask “Why?”  read article

Oscar Crofford: On the horns of a revolution

Oscar Crofford set out to bring scientific rigor to the care of patients with diabetes. Along the way, the persistent, determined Vanderbilt professor helped put diabetes on the federal government's agenda, and directed a landmark clinical trial that established the value of aggressive blood glucose control to reduce the risk of complications from the disease.  read article

Leroy Hood: Discovery Science

Leroy Hood is known as the father of biotechnology for the development of groundbreaking biomedical instrumentation. Now he’s calling for a revolution of thought – an interdisciplinary, systems approach to biological discovery that challenges conventional wisdom about how research is conducted. A lifetime of influences, opportunities and challenges has led Hood to this, his meridian hour.  read article

Eugene Braunwald: Maestro Of American Cardiology

Perhaps more than any other academic physician, Eugene Braunwald, M.D., has made a huge imprint on current understanding and treatment of heart disease. But his true genius may be the ability to embrace the symphony of tones, harmonies and processes that are the beating heart.  read article

Floyd Bloom: Building a bridge to the future

Scientist, physician, editor, entrepreneur—all of these terms describe Floyd Bloom, chairman emeritus of the Department of Neuropharmacology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. Bloom is equally well-known for his ability to bridge diverse disciplines in his search for better treatments for disorders of brain function. But his vision and his drive extend much farther, and encompass all of medicine.  read article