I am incredibly honored to start my term as ASCI President. My four years on Council revealed to me the critical roles our members and organization play in benefiting society. The scientific study of human disease improves human health, enhances our fundamental understanding of biology, supports our economy, spawns new and previously unforeseeable disciplines, and is the most privileged profession imaginable for many of us.
It is my hope that we will better support and enable current and future physician-scientists to have the opportunities we’ve had so they can make the transformative discoveries of tomorrow. To this end, we wish to hear from you. We will be sending members a survey to inform our Council about the needs, challenges, and aspirations of our members and their physician-scientist trainees. I have also begun an initiative to highlight and promote the scientific and personal histories of our membership. To do this, we will be requesting your research interests, recent key publications, and a short video, all of which will be posted on an updated ASCI website and directory. This will serve to inspire physician-scientist trainees, enhance their recruitment into members’ labs, and foster interactions, collaborations, and support networks in our community.
We will also soon announce the details of two awards aimed at recognizing outstanding mid-career members, and we are planning additional initiatives to nurture the careers of physician-scientist trainees and junior faculty members.
Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD