The Office of History, National Institutes of Health, is pleased to
announce a conference

The Role of the Research Physician: From Golden Past to Threatened

March 26-27, 2009
The Cloisters, Building 60,
National Institutes of Health,
Bethesda, MD.

All are Welcome

Physicians who devote themselves to biomedical research have played
crucial roles in the development of scientific medicine for more than
100 years. A variety of institutions-hospitals, medical foundations, the
Public Health Service, most notably the NIH, universities, and
pharmaceutical companies-have supported their research. Since the
‘Golden Era’ of physician-scientists – roughly 1950 to the mid-1970s –
leaders in each research context have expressed increasing concern about
the ability of physician-scientists to sustain themselves and their
research tradition.

This conference brings together for the first time leading physician
researchers, organizational leaders, historians, and social scientists
for a multi-disciplinary exploration of the physician-scientist research
tradition, its changing contours, and the challenges and opportunities
it faces going forward. It seeks to elucidate the many different
meanings of the term ‘research physician,’ whether there ever was a
‘golden past,’ and if the future is really so bleak as the title of this
meeting suggests.

Speakers and commentators include:

Barbara Alving, Director, National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)

Alberto Cambrosio, Chair, Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University

Elaine K. Gallin, Program Director for Medical Research, Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation

Michael Gottesman, Director, Office of Intramural Research, National
Institutes of Health

Raynard S. Kington, Acting Director, National Institutes of Health

David Korn, Vice Provost for Research, Harvard University; Professor of
Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Kenneth M. Ludmerer, Professor of History and of Biostatistics,
Washington University in St. Louis

Robert Martensen, Director, Office of History, National Institutes of

Nicolas Rasmussen, Associate Professor, History and Philosophy of
Science, University of New South Wales

Richard A. Rettig, Adjunct Senior Social Scientist, RAND Corporation

Londa Schiebinger, The John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science,
Stanford University

P. Roy Vagelos, Former President, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman,

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