“Do what you think you do best.”

Joana Rosario

Is it better to have some knowledge about a wide range of topics or deep knowledge about just a few? Joana Rosario talks about specialization and the changing roles of women in science.

Rosario is a neurologist and epidemiologist. She recently founded J. Rosario et Al (JRA), a global clinical research–development organization. Before JRA, Rosario was the deputy director at the Basic Science Program, Division of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She was an NIH founding member of the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, an internationally acclaimed foreign-aid program. Rosario’s NIH experience includes serving as the first director for the Office of International Health Research at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Before joining NIH, Rosario was a member of the faculty at the Mayo Clinic, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has been recognized with awards and honors from the University of Nuevo Leon of Mexico and the National School of Public Health of Brazil, and with the NIH’s Merit Award and the Special Act Award. Rosario received an M.D. from the University of Porto School of Medicine and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

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