The Great Rita Levi-Montalcini Dies at 103

By Bouvier Grant Group

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The great Rita Levi-Montalcini died yesterday at the age of 103. She is a towering figure in the field of neural development and was my idol when I was in graduate school. She is a true inspiration, overcoming taboos against women becoming physicians in her time, and conducting research in secret in her bedroom as a Jew in Italy during WWII. She won the Nobel Prize for her work in 1986. Even the greats in her field speak of her in reverential tones.

The autobiography of this extraordinary person is well worth reading, even for non-scientists.

 

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Dr. Meg Bouvier

Margaret Bouvier received her PhD in 1995 in Biomedical Sciences from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. After an NINDS post-doctoral fellowship, she worked as a staff writer for long-standing NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins in the Office of Press, Policy, and Communications for the Human Genome Project and NHGRI. Since 2007, Meg has specialized in editing and advising on NIH submissions, and began offering virtual courses in 2015. She's recently worked with more than 40% of the nation's highest-performing hospitals*, four of the top 10 cancer hospitals, three of the top five medical schools for research, and 14 NCI-designated cancer centers. Her experience at NIH as both a bench scientist and staff writer greatly informs her approach to NIH grantwriting. She has helped clients land over half a billion in federal funding. Bouvier Grant Group is a woman-owned small business.

*Our clients include 9 of the top 22 hospitals as recognized by the 2023/24 US News & World Report honor roll

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