Richard O. Hynes, PhD, is the Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Department of Biology at MIT and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. He was formerly head of the Biology Department and then director of the Center for Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on fibronectins and integrins and the molecular basis of cellular adhesion, both in normal development and in pathological situations, such as cancer, thrombosis, and inflammation. Dr. Hynes’s current interests are cancer invasion and metastasis, angiogenesis, and animal models of human disease states. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and is a fellow of the Royal Society of London and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1997, he received the Gairdner International Foundation Award. In 2000, he served as president of the American Society for Cell Biology and testified before Congress about the need for federal support and oversight of embryonic stem cell research. He cochaired the 2005 National Academies Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and is a governor of the Wellcome Trust, UK.
Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS, CPE, FACOG, is professor of medical science and the immediate past dean of medicine and biological sciences and the Frank L. Day Professor of Biology at Brown University. Harvard-educated in Health Care Management (MS, 2005), Dr. Adashi previously served as the John A. Dixon Endowed Presidential Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council on Population Growth of the World Economic Forum, the Association of American Physicians, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ad Eundem), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Adashi is a veteran practitioner of women’s health. An adviser to the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Adashi is a recent Franklin fellow and Senior Advisor on Global Women’s Health to the Secretary of State Office of Global Women’s Issues headed by Ambassador-At-Large Melanne Verveer. A long-standing NIH-funded scientist and a Research Career Development Awardee, Dr. Adashi is a former Donna Shalala appointee to the National Advisory Council of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child