Why is the Golden Goose Award significant? Sometimes research that sounds odd can turn out to be extremely important, even has a major impact on society. Thus, groups of researches whose work has led to critical advances in biomedical research, medical treatments, and computing and communications technologies. Winners are honored every year at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., where members of Congress speak to the importance of the award and of federal funding for scientific research.
When Dr. Noel Rose, early in his medical career, joined the laboratory of Dr. Ernest Witebsky, the aim was to learn more about molecules specific to certain organs of the body. Surprisingly, during the course of his experiments involving a substance produced by the thyroid gland known as thyroglobulin, Dr. Rose found evidence that the body can form an immune response to its own tissues, not just foreign substances. This went against the predominant scientific understanding at the time.
Dr. Rose followed the unexpected evidence where it led, working with Dr. Witebsky’s guidance to back it up with solid science. The results were seminal to scientists’ understanding of autoimmunity today. Science now recognizes scores of autoimmune diseases affecting tens of millions of Americans and others throughout the world, and thus we celebrate our own Golden Goose Award winner!
This article was first published in the September 2019 edition of InFocus, written by Eula Hoover