Featured Interviews> October 2011

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In these interviews, scientists talk to ScienceWatch.com and offer behind-the-scenes insights into their research: reflections on what led them to their chosen field, the motivation driving their work in a given direction, and the challenges encountered along on the way. These authors also offer their views on why their work has wielded particular influence in the scientific community, as indicated by Clarivate Analytics citation data, and on how research in their respective fields has progressed over time and will likely unfold in the future.

Featured Interviews for October 2011

Athena Coustenis

"I've spent two years in 2008 and 2009 putting together a proposal for a future mission to Titan: The Titan Saturn System Mission. This is a joint effort of NASA and the European Space Agency for the exploration of Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus, another fascinating object. In the case of Titan, besides the orbiter, we envisage using a hot-air balloon to float in the moon's atmosphere for six months as well as a lake lander. The concept was selected and funded for a two-year feasibility study. It involves a global..."
Special Topic of Planetary Exploration, October 2011


Art Kramer

"I have always been interested in enhancing human performance and brain health. I was an athlete as a young man, but also liked science quite a bit. I'd been doing work on training for many years, even as a graduate student. I got away from that for a while when I had an opportunity to extend some of the work and do this kind of work on fitness training effects on the brain and on cognition. We certainly know that improving fitness is a good way to reduce risk of many chronic diseases, but we knew much less about fitness as..."
Featured Scientist, October 2011


"A significant advance in neuro-oncology in the past 10 years has been the establishment of consortia of academic centers that have come together to share ideas on etiology, progression, and treatment of both adult and childhood brain tumors, including glioblastoma. Cooperation and collaboration have resulted in sharing not only of ideas, but also tissues among partner institutions. These consortia could not be possible without significant financial support of both federal government as well as foundations focused..."
Special Topic of Glioblastoma, October 2011

John Morris

"Funding for Alzheimer's disease research has increased compared to where it was in 1980s, which was minimal. Compared with other major diseases, however, it is woefully under-funded. For example, more people in the US die each year of Alzheimer’s disease than do of breat cancer and prostate cancer combined, and yet the National Institutes of Health annually provides over $6 billion for cancer research while providing less that $500 million for Alzheimer research. Such disparity is difficult to understand, especially..."
Special Topic of Alzheimer's Disease, October 2011

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