Thank You Doctor Salk! (and Drs Enders, Bodian, Landsteiner, Sabin…)

Today's Google Doodle honours Dr Jonas Salk, who in 1954 created the world's first effective polio vaccine, which was responsible for launching a campaign that has seen this terrible disease become an increasingly distant memory in most  - though sadly not all - parts of the world. It's an opportunity to reflect on the pioneering … Continue reading Thank You Doctor Salk! (and Drs Enders, Bodian, Landsteiner, Sabin…)

The end of cancer? A personal view.

My husband died of stage 4 metastatic esophageal cancer on August 19, 2011. I have been an advocate for biomedical research, specifically involving animals, for decades. I go to work each and every day supporting researchers involved with discovering new cures or treatments. I dedicate time outside of those duties to promote education regarding the … Continue reading The end of cancer? A personal view.

Albert Sabin and the monkeys who gave summer back to the children.

Albert Sabin has been called “the doctor who gave summer back to the children.”* Because of his decades of research to develop the oral polio vaccine, children today know nothing of the fear that polio brought to the United States every summer well into the 20th century.  Swimming pools and movie theaters were closed and … Continue reading Albert Sabin and the monkeys who gave summer back to the children.