October 15, 2007
Seven HHMI Scientists Elected to Institute of Medicine
Six Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigators and an HHMI international research scholar have been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to honor professional achievement in the health sciences and to serve as a national resource for independent analysis and recommendations on issues related to medicine, biomedical sciences, and health.
“Members are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. Election is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health,” said Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine.
Current active IOM members elect new members from a slate of candidates nominated for their professional achievement and commitment to service. A diversity of talent among members is assured by the Institute's charter, which requires that at least one-quarter be selected from fields outside the health professions -- such as the social and behavioral sciences, law, engineering, and the humanities.
The HHMI scientists newly elected to the Institute of Medicine are:
James P. Allison
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Katherine A. High
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
William G. Kaelin, Jr.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Louis J. Ptáček
University of California, San Francisco
Matthew P. Scott
Stanford University School of Medicine
Thomas C. Südhof
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
HHMI International Research Scholar
Peter H. St George-Hyslop
University of Toronto