December 1st is World AIDS Day, dedicated to raising awareness of the worldwide AIDS pandemic, to support people living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate those who died. The disease has claimed over 25 million lives. Worldwide, over 33 million people are now living with HIV/AIDS. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first report … Continue reading Remembering a hero of the struggle against HIV/AIDS
Tissue engineering is one of the hottest fields in 21st century medicine, and last year I discussed how one leading scientist in this field, Professor Laura Niklason of Yale University, has made important strides in the development of artificial arteries. Now scientists led by Laura Niklason have announced another important milestone in the development of artificial blood vessels; blood vessels that she hopes … Continue reading Is tissue engineering poised to transform heart bypass surgery?
I am a former NIH program manager and have been a research dean for almost 20 years. I first had to deal with the effects of animal activism on research in 1984, when I was at NIH, and have worked on the issue ever since through my role at NIH, my scientific societies and my … Continue reading University Leadership and Animal Research: A Dean’s perspective
The rapidly growing controversy over Oklahoma State University’s President Burns Hargis decision to cancel a research project has attracted national attention for a number of reasons. The November 30th Daily Oklahoman report on Hargis’ decision has ignited discussion and calls for both reversal of the decision and accountability in addressing the many questions that have … Continue reading OSU President Yet to Explain Decision to Cancel Primate Project