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  • Genre:SCIENCE
  • SubGenre:Biotechnology
  • Language:English
  • Pages:282
  • Format:Hardcover
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781098386726

Development of a California Research Organization

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

by Nancy Beddingfield , Nina Fishman and Dr. Eva Engvall

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Overview

Founded in 1976 as "La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation" and known today as "Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute", this book tells the story of the development of a remarkable research institute, primarily from the scientists' view but with enough context to validate its earned reputation as a research powerhouse. The authors have donated their work (and royalties) to The Fishman Fund at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.

Description
This book tells the story of the founding and development of a remarkable research institute, primarily from the scientists' view but with enough context to validate its earned reputation as a research powerhouse. The Institute's origin as "La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation" is told by the Founders' daughter Nina Fishman. Its evolution from modest beginnings to a major research organization unfolds in interviews with scientists who spent major parts of their careers at the Institute. Their enterprise--competing for grant funding, conducting groundbreaking science, and training new scientists--built the Institute's success. Much of the success of the early Institute and its staff members was the result of the unique organization and structure of shared resources, which allowed individual laboratories to pursue technically advanced research, thereby making them highly competitive in their fields. This is also an "only-in-America" story, a story of how the highly competitive research funding allocated by the U.S. Congress, and supplemented by individual donors, can make it possible for a group of dedicated scientists to build a successful research Institute. We, the authors, hope this book will share what it was like to work in this extraordinary place, with people doing things that had never been done before, and hopefully inspire others to pursue paths that ultimately make a difference. We have donated our work to The Fishman Fund at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.
About the author

Nancy Beddingfield joined the Institute in 1980 when it was still in startup mode. Nancy served over 27 years in support of the Institute, most significantly as Assistant to Dr. Erkki Ruoslahti from 1980 to 2002. In later years, Nancy served as Director of Public Affairs.

Nina Fishman is the daughter of Institute Founders, Dr. William and Lillian Fishman.  For more than a decade, Nina has been directly involved with the Institute's NCI Cancer Center as a member of its Community Advisory Board.  Nina's career over the years has centered on organizational effectiveness, leadership development, and training.

Dr. Eva Engvall joined the Institute as one of the earliest recruited Principal Investigators and served as an active contributor for many years.  In addition to running her own research laboratory, Eva established the Institute's Animal Research Facility, supervised a growing portfolio of Shared Resources, and implemented professional training for postdoctoral fellows.

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