Convergence: The future of health [Science]

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February 10, 2017

Written by:

  1. Phil Sharp 1,2
  2. Susan Hockfield 3,4,†

Author Affiliations

1Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.
2President of AAAS, 2014-2015.
3President Emerita, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.
4AAAS President.
† Corresponding author. Email: hockfield@mit.edu
 
Science  10 Feb 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6325, pp. 589
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam8563
 

"THE INTEGRATION OF the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, and information technology—often referred to as Convergence—has emerged in recent years as a powerful approach to research with the potential to lead to medical and technological breakthroughs. As emphasized in the report, “Convergence: The future of health”, research funding is central to realizing the promise of Convergence.

As the new administration prepares to appoint its science leadership and to set research budgets, we urge them to recognize that science and technology are part of the infrastructure of the country. These fields are the source of both new jobs and the capacity to meet future challenges. Investing in the infrastructure of education and science is investing in the future economic health of the country..."

Read the full letter as published on the Science website at the link below.