The principle of “one medicine” or, as it is sometimes called, “one health” deems that the relationship between human and animal medicine and public health and the environment is inseparable. Ralph Brinster, V.M.D., Ph.D., exemplifies the concept.
A 1953 graduate from the Department of Animal Sciences of what was known then as Rutgers’ College of Agriculture, he received his veterinary degree and his doctorate in physiology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Richard King Mellon Professor of Reproductive Physiology with the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Graduate School at Penn. Throughout his brilliant career at Penn, he says he still feels “strong ties to Rutgers.”
Three years ago, he was honored at the White House, under the auspices of the National Science Foundation, with the 2010 National Medal of Science, the highest honor the U.S. government bestows on scientists. It is one of many prestigious honors that Brinster has received over the years. [Read more...]