Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963954 | Print ISBN: 9781412959087 | Online ISBN: 9781412963954| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Johnathan Ebben & John S. Kuo
THE WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE for Biomédical Research is a unique and innovative research institution that stresses creativity and scientific innovation primarily focused in the biological and biomédical sciences. The Whitehead Institute is the product of a partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Edwin C. Whitehead, a philanthropist who donated substantial funding to establish the Whitehead Institute in 1982. Today, the Whitehead Institute is a vibrant research institution that continues to play an important and leading role in many areas of biological research, including the stem cell field. Edwin C. Whitehead, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist, conceived the original vision of the Whitehead Institute. Whitehead recognized the value of direct research as a means to develop therapies to help cure some of the most intractable diseases. He searched for a major research institution with which he could partner to make this vision a reality. Finally, he contacted professor and ...