ISB’s Dr. Lee Hood presented the PMWC Luminary Award to Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday, and the two renowned scientists engaged in an interesting hour-long conversation.
The Luminary Award was presented on behalf of Precision Medicine World Conference on the first day of PMWC COVID, a three-day virtual event. The award recognizes contributions of prominent figures who have accelerated personal medicine to the clinic.
Hood spoke with Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, about a number of topics, including the importance of basic research, the extraordinary speed of COVID research, the efficacy of mRNA vaccines on COVID-19 and the technology’s promise for creating effective vaccines for other diseases (including some cancers), lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.
“We should have a vaccine, as well as universally applicable antivirals, that we could use for the next outbreak,” Fauci said. “I would be really disappointed if when this is over we don’t put together a commission and codify what we need to do as opposed to saying ‘well, we got through that, now let’s worry about the next problem’.”
The fifth cycle of ISB’s Innovator Award Program officially wrapped up this week with the principal investigators of the 2021-22 projects delivering their final presentations. In April, three 2022-23 Innovator Award collaborative projects were announced. The Innovator Award Program was launched in 2017, and has been tremendously successful.
Christopher Lausted and Dr. Danielle Vermaak were featured guests of an ISB Research Roundtable presentation. The husband-and-wife team detailed the planning and rollout of a DNA sequencing curriculum project that was tested in Vermaak’s Lincoln High School science classroom in Seattle.
From planning, creating and executing workshops for educators to forging new relationships to elevate students, the ISB Education team has been in high gear. Each month throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, we will highlight some of the top projects the team is working on.
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