The National Institutes of Health, 10 large drug companies and seven nonprofit organizations announced an unconventional partnership on Tuesday intended to speed up development of drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
“We are getting together in a way that has not happened before,” Dr. Collins said in an interview. “We are bringing scientists from different perspectives into the same room. They will leave their egos at the door, leave their affiliations at the door.”
“I never regret having lupus,” LaVerne says with a catch in her voice. “When things are really rosy, it’s easy to serve God. But when everything is taken away,” she pauses in thought, “it became my greatest blessing because the most important thing is God.”
Lesa Taylor is not exactly the stand-around type. A former competitive swimmer, she walks, runs and goes to the beach when possible. She does yoga. She is the divorced mother of three of Cocoa Beach’s best-known athletes: professional skateboarders Adam and Dylan, and skateboarder-surfer Lea Taylor.