Files in This Item:
File Format
b1112290.mp4Streaming VideoView/Open
Title: Who Will Fund the High-Risk Projects in Life Sciences?
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Sung, Nancy
Issue Date: 10-Dec-2009
Event Date: 10-Dec-2009
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 box 1.4
Notes: Institute for Advanced Study Workshop: Evolution: Foundations, Fundamentals, and Disease. Session 4: The role of evolution in biological disease: Cancer and Cell Dynamics.
Abstract: Support for science in the United States is dominated by federal funding agencies and industry. The small proportion of support for biomedical research that comes from private foundations is meant to be catalytic; providing risk capital to prove principles that can then be taken to scale by other funders. In the mid‐1990s the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF), a private foundation, identified the interface between physics and biology as an area ripe for scientific advance, however hospitable habitats, in which young scientists could be cross-trained, did not exist. BWF invested in ten training programs aimed at introducing students and fellows with backgrounds in non‐biological areas (primarily physics and mathematics) to address biological questions. This presentation will lead into a discussion of the institutional and funding structures that are needed now to exploit the emerging scientific opportunities at the interface of physics and biology.
Duration: 38 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
Videos for Public -- Distinguished Lectures