A: The mission of the Stowers Institute is to improve human health by pursuing basic research problems. Our goal is to understand the fundamental mechanisms of life and use those insights to improve our approaches to treating, preventing, and curing diseases.
Q: What is the relevance of the institute’s work?
A: Much of the institute’s work has direct application to understanding the essential structures of diseases like diabetes, cancer, birth defects, dementia, and other gene-based diseases.
Q: How do you measure your impact?
A: In the long run, we measure our impact based on what we can do for human health. In the short term, we measure our impact based on scientific achievements. We have published over 450 papers in a little over a decade, and received over $50 million in competitive awards.
David Chao is President and CEO of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research (SIMR) and Co-Chairman of BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc.