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Suffrage Science (A book launched on the centenary of International Women's Day)
8 March 2011.    abstract.  web site.
coverage by The Guardian. coverage by The Scientist.
Dr Ruth Williams interviews Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Dr Helen Fisher about brains, behaviours, books and babies.

CDC's Thomas Frieden—protecting health and reducing costs.
20 November 2010.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
When Michael Bloomberg was elected Mayor of New York in 2001, he started looking to appoint a new Health Commissioner. The dust from the Sept 11 attacks had barely settled, so when asked which public health issue would require the most Mayoral support, many of the job candidates answered, bioterrorism. Thomas Frieden said, tobacco. He got the job, and after almost 8 years serving as the New York City Health Commissioner, Frieden was, last year, appointed to the US top spot for public health. Barack Obama named him as the 16th Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Lunch With The Lancet: Carla Boutin-Foster.
24 April 2010.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
An hour or so in the company of Professor Boutin-Foster leaves you feeling optimistic about at least one of society's ills. As Director of the Center of Excellence in Disparities Research and Community Engagement (CEDREC) at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, USA, Boutin-Foster works to improve health care for underprivileged minorities. She speaks with such passion about her work that you start to believe the relation between socioeconomic status and health really can be broken.

Günther Deuschl: from mathematics to movement disorders.
February 2011.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
After 5 years of studying mathematics at college, it takes courage to entirely change your career course, especially if that new career is medicine. But, at the age of 23, that is exactly what Günther Deuschl did. Clearly, it was the right decision. Deuschl is now director of the neurology clinic at Kiel University, Germany, and a globally renowned name in movement disorders.
Rachelle Doody: an appetite for variety.
January 2011.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
Rachelle Doody did not take the traditional focused career path of many neurologists. She considered, and even ventured down, a number of diff erent tracks before settling into her role as director of the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA. One of those tracks even led her deep into a jungle. The Thai jungle, to be precise.
Murat Emre: bringing it all back home.
October 2010.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
The young Murat Emre had a plan: to learn everything he could about the brain, to apply that knowledge clinically for the good of mankind, and to serve his country. Emre is founder and chair of the Behavioural Neurology and Movement Disorders Unit at Istanbul University, Turkey, and an internationally renowned leader in his field. It is safe to say his plan was a success.
Richard Rudick: multiple sclerosis missionary.
April 2010.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
Richard Rudick, director of the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis in Cleveland, OH, USA, has a steady, precise, and unhurried manner. It might be surprising to learn, then, that there was nothing unhurried about his education-he sped through.
Max Wiznitzer: ever hopeful, ever happy.
March 2010.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
It would surely be impossible for someone who works at a place called Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital to be anything but joyful and benevolent. Max Wiznitzer, director of the Rainbow Autism Center at the hospital in Cleveland (OH, USA), certainly lives up to that expectation. Wiznitzer is also an associate professor of paediatrics and neurology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Francis Collins: Manning the Helm with Optimism.
December 2010.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
Francis Sellers Collins, who was sworn in as the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Monday August 17, 2009, is well acquainted with big projects, big budgets, and big politics. He had previously served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) from 1993 to 2008, during which he oversaw the US publically financed arm of the Human Genome Project.
Jeffrey Robbins: Does Not Do Discouragement.
August 2010.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
For the past 20 years, Jeffrey Robbins has been picking apart the protein mechanics of the heart. To get at these cardiac nuts and bolts, Robbins, who is Professor of Pediatrics, Chair of Molecular Cardiovascular Biology, and Executive Co-Director of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, established gene-targeting techniques in the mouse and other organisms. 1–3 His transgenic tools have unraveled the functions and failings of cardiac proteins, such as myosin, desmin, troponin, and more, and have provided insights into diseases, such as cardiomyopathies, hypertrophy, and heart failure.
Joseph Goldstein and Michael Brown: Demoting Egos, Promoting Success.
April 2010.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
When Joseph Goldstein and Michael Brown decided to merge their two laboratories at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, in 1972, it was the start of what is probably one of the longest running and most successful partnerships in science. It was also the start of groundbreaking research into the regulation of cholesterol metabolism, work that earned both of them the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1985.
Louis Ignarro: NO Stupid Questions.
2010.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
In the 1970s and 1980s, a series of discoveries made independently by Louis Ignarro, Ferid Murad, and Robert Furchgott established that the highly reactive molecule nitric oxide (NO) was a somewhat unexpected yet important physiological mediator of blood vessel relaxation... This body of work led to the three researchers being jointly awarded the Nobel Prize.

Marc Freeman: Fishing for the function of fly glia.
10 August 2009.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
Approximately 80% of human brain cells are glia, a significant component of the CNS. Yet, until recently, these cells have been regarded almost as mere packaging material for the all-important neurons. Now that view is gradually changing, as Marc Freeman explained in a recent interview.
Ari Helenius: viruses under surveillance.
11 August 2008.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
As any CIA operative will tell you, the best defense is to know your enemy. Ari Helenius, veteran virologist, has spent the majority of his career learning the sneaky infiltration tactics of human and animal foes such as infl uenza, vaccinia, and herpes simplex virus.
Brian Chait: Master of mass spectrometry.
25 February 2008.    abstract.  pdf.  web site.
Mass spectrometers can determine the composition of practically any sample, and are thus invaluable for cell research. To build a mass spec requires a deep understanding of physics. You need to know how to break down molecules into their constituent charged ions, how to make these ions fly through a vacuum, and how to catch them and measure their mass. Luckily for cell biologists, Brian Chait knows how to do these things.