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Date & TimeWednesday, October 2, 2013
Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute (formerly Neurosciences Institute)
Clifton Leaf, Contributing Editor at Fortune and author of The Truth in Small Doses: Why We're Losing the War on Cancer—and How to Win It
Program Title: Lessons from a One-Eyed Surgeon
Half a century ago, working out of a small hospital in Uganda, Denis Burkitt brought together investigators from all over the world in his quest to understand the "African lymphoma." Together, they unraveled a cancer mystery that no single researcher would ever have solved on his or her own. In the end, Burkitt and his team not only saved an untold number of young lives, but also taught the world how powerful true scientific collaboration can be. The success of this model raises questions for us today:
- Are cultural, academic, and institutional barriers slowing the process of medical science?
- If so, do each of us, in our own way, have an ethical imperative to remove them?