In a news conference this morning at the National Press Club, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) welcomed Paul W. Kincade, Ph.D., as its 89th President. Kincade heads the Immunobiology and Cancer Research Program and holds the William H. and Rita Bell Chair of Biomedical Research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
FASEB, a coalition of 22 member societies representing over 65,000 biomedical research scientists, is the nation’s largest association of biological scientists.
As president, Kincade plans to advocate on issues that affect scientists and their ability to conduct research into the understanding and treatment of disease. “We will continue looking for champions of medical research in Congress and will work hard to develop thoughtful, fact-based position statements on critical issues such as the funding of agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation,” he said.
Kincade also intends to focus on career and training issues. “When I was growing up, students believed that there was opportunity for them to enter the field of science regardless of their background. We need to make sure that the new investigators of tomorrow have the same opportunities that we enjoyed yesterday.”
Kincade earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Mississippi State University and received his Ph.D. at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He has been at OMRF since 1982.
He has garnered numerous honors, including a Senior Investigatorship from the Arthritis Foundation, A Research Career Development Award from the NIH, and an NIH M.E.R.I.T. Award. He previously served as president of the American Association of Immunologists, which honored him with its Distinguished Service Award.
His research focuses on the relationships between hematopoietic stem cells (undifferentiated cells that later become blood cells) and the immune system.
FASEB is comprised of 22 societies with more than 65,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. FASEB’s mission is to enhance the ability of biomedical and life scientists to improve – through their research – the health, well-being and productivity of all people. FASEB serves the interests of these scientists in those areas related to public policy, facilitates coalition activities among Member Societies and disseminates information on biological research through scientific conferences and publications.
Chartered in 1946, OMRF (www.omrf.org) is a nonprofit biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding and curing human disease. Its scientist focus on such critical research areas as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, lupus and cardiovascular disease. OMRF is home to Oklahoma’s only member of the National Academy of Sciences in the area of biomedical research.