Dr. Jonna Mazet

Diseases Jumping from Animals to Humans: Leiter Lecture Up for Viewing

At the annual Joseph Leiter Memorial Lecture held earlier this month, guest speaker Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, talked about her specialty—diseases that jump from animals to humans. “Most of the infectious diseases that we see today like Ebola, MERS, even Zika originated from an animal host,” she told the audience. “How can we stop…

Eugene Koonin, PhD

Congratulations, Eugene Koonin!

The National Academy of Sciences announced its new members May 3, and we’re delighted that Eugene V. Koonin, PhD, was elected to this prestigious organization. A senior investigator in NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), Dr. Koonin is known for his work in computational and evolutionary biology, including research related to CRISPR (Clustered Regularly…

Hilda Bastian

Hilda Bastian: She speaks–and draws–truth to scientific power

Hilda Bastian wasn’t born a science person. The native Australian became a fan only after realizing how her lack of scientific understanding had led her astray—and possibly endangered the lives of babies. She had been a leading advocate for home births when her own research showed them to be riskier than she’d thought. She later…

Dr. Brennan

NIH Announces New NLM Director

Today, NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, announced that Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, will be the next director of the National Library of Medicine. She will be the first female and first nurse to serve as head of the Library in its 180-year history. “Dr. Brennan brings her incredible experience of having cared…