Opening remarks by Joseph Goldstein
Towering science: An ounce of creativity is worth a ton of impact
An expanded version of these remarks originally appeared in Nature Medicine.
Here is a mind-boggling statistic that I hope will not spoil your post-prandial bliss. During the last 20 minutes while you were enjoying your lunch, 20 new papers entered the world’s biomedical literature — that’s one paper per minute. Last year, 500,000 new articles were published in 4000 journals. Even if only one out of 1000 of last year’s 500,000 articles contain novel information that ultimately proves useful, we are still left with 500 potentially important papers published each year, any one of which could contain the first hint of a great scientific discovery. We are clearly immersed in a glut of indigestible information.
2004 Lasker Medical Research Awards Jury
Seated, left to right: Owen Witte, University of California, Los Angeles ● Carla Shatz, Harvard University ● Eric Kandel, Columbia University ● Joseph Goldstein, Chair of the Jury, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ● Joan Steitz, Yale University ● Michael DeBakey, Chair Emeritus of the Jury, Lasker Awards Jury, Baylor College of Medicine ● J. Michael Bishop, University of California, San Francisco
Middle Row, left to right: Paul Nurse, The Rockefeller University● William Paul, National Institutes of Health ● Michael Welsh, University of Iowa ● Stuart Kornfeld, Washington University ● Leon Rosenberg, Princeton University ● Richard Lifton, Yale University● Thomas Stossel, Brigham & Women’s Hospital ● Kim Nasmyth, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology
Third Row, left to right: Michael Brown, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ● Gregory Petsko, Brandeis University ● Craig Thompson, University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center ● Martin Raff, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London ● Günter Blobel, The Rockefeller University ● Harold Varmus, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center ● Thomas Maniatis, Harvard University ● Bruce Stillman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory