The Quiet Leaders of COVID: Shaping the Future of Science

July 21, 2021

The Quiet Leaders of COVID: Shaping the Future of Science

2020 was a year like no other. As COVID ravaged populations across the globe, scientists, researchers and policy leaders went into overdrive working nonstop to get ahead of its deadly trail. Forming cross-organizational teams, they went into high gear, delivering therapeutic and vaccine candidates and addressing populations at greatest risk in record time, faster than ever before in our history. And, while the crisis is still not over, their knowledge, insight and dedication have saved thousands of lives around the world and created an exciting new blueprint for biomedical science in the future.

Who are these quiet leaders and what is their story?

Join the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) for "The Quiet Leaders of COVID: Shaping the Future of Science," moderated by the editor-in-chief of National Geographic Magazine, Susan Goldberg. Meet five individuals whose brilliance and foresight will make an enduring impact on lives this century and the next. Hear what they have to say about actions we need to take now to avoid a health crisis of this magnitude in the future.

* Helene Gayle, MD, MPH; Chicago Community Trust
* Kathrin U. Jansen, PhD; Pfizer
* H. Clifford Lane, MD; National Institutes of Health
* Peter Marks, MD, PhD; Food and Drug Administration
* Soumya Swaminathan, MD; World Health Organization