Love and Science: A Memoir

Love and Science: A Memoir

by Jan Vilcek


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609806682
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

JAN T. VILCEK is professor of Microbiology at NYU Langone Medical Center. Born in Bratislava, Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia), where he also earned his MD and PhD degrees, Vilcek together with his wife, Marica Vilcek, an art historian, immigrated to the US in 1965 where he joined the faculty of NYU School of Medicine. He is among the earliest researchers of interferon, an important immune system protein. Dr. Vilcek's contributions to the understanding of proteins that control the body's defenses were instrumental in the development of the anti-inflammatory drug Remicade®, the first member of a new class therapeutics called TNF blockers that are now widely used for the treatment of Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and other chronic inflammatory disorders. Dr. Vilcek has published more than 350 scholarly papers, and written or edited several professional books. He is also named as co-inventor on 38 U.S. patents. For his discoveries and his philanthropy, Vilcek received a 2013 National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Wonder of Science

Chapter 1 The Cure for Cancer that Wasn't 3

Chapter 2 From TNF to Remicade 17

Chapter 3 Miracle Drug 35

Part 2 A Tumultuous Childhood

Chapter 4 Early Life 51

Chapter 5 War 69

Chapter 6 Peacetime Under a New Regime 91

Part 3 A Scientific Education

Chapter 7 Microbe Hunting 105

Chapter 8 Like a Country Vicar in Rome 125

Part 4 In Pursuit of a New Life

Chapter 9 Marriage and Defection 137

Chapter 10 America Is Different 157

Part 5 New Eyes

Chapter 11 Dreaming in English with an Accent 177

Chapter 12 Sorting Out Interferon 191

Part 6 In Search of a Legacy

Chapter 13 Philanthropy 205

Chapter 14 Vilcek Foundation 217

Chapter 15 Ars Longa, Vita Brevis 233

Postscript 247

Appendix: Glossary of Medical and Scientific Terms 249

Index 255

Acknowledgments 261

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