Six HHMI scientists have been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine.
- The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to honor professional achievement in the health sciences.
- IOM members serve as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.
Six Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. The HHMI scientists are among 70 new IOM members and 10 foreign associates elected today.
The Institute of Medicine 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, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.
"It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome our esteemed colleagues to the Institute of Medicine," said IOM President Victor J. Dzau. "These leaders' tremendous achievements have contributed significantly to advancing health and medicine. The expertise and knowledge they bring to the IOM will encourage and enhance its success."
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 natural, social and behavioral sciences; law; engineering; and the humanities.
The newly elected members raise IOM's total active membership to 1,798 and the number of foreign associates to 128. With an additional 86 members holding emeritus status, IOM's total membership is 2,012.
The HHMI scientists newly elected to the Institute of Medicine are:
Todd R. Golub, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Randy W. Schekman, University of California, Berkeley
Michael N. Shadlen, Columbia University
Joseph S. Takahashi, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Ronald D. Vale, University of California, San Francisco
HHMI Senior International Research Scholar
Pascale F. Cossart, Pasteur Institute