Reaching for discovery
Neuroscientist Doug Fields shares the moment, and the danger, of his first memory of scientific discovery. (Video)
“It's not the feeling of winning a race, or summiting a mountain and looking down in triumph. It's a feeling of profound gratitude for the insight into nature.”
R. Douglas Fields is the Chief of the Section on Nervous System Development and Plasticity at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Adjunct Professor in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2004 Dr. Fields founded the scientific journal Neuron Glia Biology, where he is the Editor-in-Chief, and he is a scientific advisor to Scientific American Mind and Odyssey magazines. He is an internationally recognized authority on neuron-glia interactions, brain development, and the cellular mechanisms of memory. Dr. Fields received advanced degrees at UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, UC San Diego, and he held postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University, Yale University, and the National Institutes of Health before starting his research laboratory at the NIH in 1994. The author of over 150 articles in scientific journals and books, he also enjoys building guitars, rock-climbing, and scuba diving.