A magazine for friends of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Letter from the Dean


Older and wiser.

This issue of Brown Medicine checks in with alumni all across the country. It’s fascinating to see the different paths they have followed, though their journeys all began in Providence.

There’s a researcher at one of the country’s leading cancer centers, working to diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier. An HIV physician-scientist whose studies are informed by the care she provides to the underserved residents of San Francisco. And several entrepreneurs who have hung up their white coats but are improving the lives of millions with their technology.

To an individual, they say that what they are doing now was shaped by their time at Brown. The lessons of humanism, of service, stay with them wherever their careers take them.

This edition also profiles basic science researchers studying the biology of aging. They are in Brown’s Program in Biology, and aging is the focus of a horizontally integrated research team in the Brown Institute for Translational Science. Medical and public health advances have given us longer life expectancy. Wouldn’t it be better to spend those years in good health, without the infirmities of age limiting us? The knowledge that these investigators have and will generate will synergize with the outstanding aging-related research that is done in our clinical departments to move us in this direction. These collaborations will hopefully bring about the discoveries that lead to new therapies. Since every single one of us is aging, this is something we can all get excited about.

Elias updated 3.11.15 (1)
Jack A. Elias, MD
Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences


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