Amy Dockser Marcus — We the Scientists: How a Daring Team of Parents and Doctors Forged a New Path for Medicine — with Jess Bravin - at Conn Ave

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Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 5:00pm

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For more than half a century, medical advances have been driven by investigators launching experiments inside labs. Science is often conducted in isolation and geared toward the long view. This is the story of a group of people who tried to force the lab doors open: parents whose children had been diagnosed with a rare and fatal genetic condition known as Niemann-Pick disease type C. The disease prevents cells from processing cholesterol, which leads to the progressive loss of the brain's and the body's ability to function. Recognizing that there would never be a treatment in time to save their children if things stayed the same, the parents set up a collaboration with researchers and doctors in search of a cure. Reconciling different views of science took work. The parents, doctors, and researchers didn't always agree--among themselves or with each other. But together they endeavored to accelerate the development of new drugs. The parents became citizen scientists, identifying promising new treatments and helping devise experiments. They recorded data about the children and co-authored scientific papers sharing findings. They engaged directly with the FDA at each step of the drug approval process. Along the way, they advanced the radical idea that science must belong to us all. Amy Dockser Marcus shows what happens when a community joins forces with doctors and researchers to try to save children's lives. Their extraordinary social experiment reveals new pathways for treating disease and conducting research. Science may be forever changed.

Amy Dockser Marcus is a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She won a Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting in 2005 for her series of stories about cancer survivors and the social, economic, and health challenges they faced living with the disease. Dockser Marcus is the author of The View from Nebo and Jerusalem 1913. She has a master of bioethics degree from Harvard Medical School and lives in Boston.

Marcus will be joined in conversation with, Jess Bravin, who covers the U.S. Supreme Court for The Wall Street Journal, following earlier postings as United Nations correspondent and editor of the WSJ/California weekly. His books include The Terror Courts, an account of military trials at Guantanamo Bay, and Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme, along with contributions to Violence in America: An Encyclopedia, Crimes of War 2.0 and A Concise Introduction to Logic (2nd ed.). A regent emeritus of the University of California, Mr. Bravin has delivered the John Field Simms Sr. Memorial Lecture in Law at the University of New Mexico, served on the Berkeley, Calif., Police Review Commission, and taught at the UC Washington Center. He is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a law degree from UC Berkeley.

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
We the Scientists: How a Daring Team of Parents and Doctors Forged a New Path for Medicine By Amy Dockser Marcus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399576133
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 14th, 2023