MIT Convergence Report, Video Now Available Online
|July 5, 2016||Posted by Anharris under HarrisCom News, Health, Highlight 2, Innovation, Life Science, Video|
Updated January 17, 2018
A landmark MIT Convergence report entitled “Convergence: The Future of Human Health”– released on June 23, 2016– and a video of launch proceedings are now available online.
The Convergence report–for which HarrisCom’s Anita Harris served as lead writer– and related materials may be downloaded from http://www.convergencerevolution.net/ . The launch proceedings, held on June 24 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, are available at https://vimeo.com/album/4020692 .
The Convergence report, chaired by former MIT President Susan Hochfield, Nobel Laureate Philip Sharp and Koch Institute Director Tyler Jacks, outlines progress and challenges regarding Convergence science since the group’s 2011 report, “Convergence, The Third Revolution.” The new report defines Convergence as “the merging of approaches and insights from historically distinct disciplines such as engineering, physics, computer science, chemistry, mathematics, and the life sciences” to transform biomedicine and human health.
It argues that bringing Convergence to fruition requires strategic and sustained support from government, industry and academe.
The report draws on insights from several dozen expert participants at two workshops, as well as on input from scientists and researchers across academia, industry, and government. Their efforts have produced a wide range of recommendations for advancing convergence research, but the report emphasizes one critical barrier above all: the shortage of federal funding for convergence fields.
“Convergence science has advanced across many fronts, from nanotechnology to regenerative tissue,” says Sharp. “Although the promise has been recognized, the funding allocated for convergence research in biomedical science is small and needs to be expanded. In fact, there is no federal agency with the responsibility to fund convergence in biomedical research.”
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are the primary source of research funding for biomedical science in the United States. In 2015, only 3 percent of all principal investigators funded by NIH were from departments of engineering, bioengineering, physics, biophysics, or mathematics. Accordingly, the report’s authors call for increasing NIH funding for convergence research to at least 20 percent of the agency’s budget.
–Anita M. Harris, Managing Director, Harris Communications Group
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