Blazing Trails in Brain Science


For the past 11 years, Dr. Tom Insel, a 62-year-old brain scientist, has run the National Institute of Mental Health, the world’s leading backer of behavioral health research.

Dr. Insel is the longest-serving director since Dr. Robert H. Felix, the agency’s founder, retired almost a half-century ago. His tenure stretches over three presidencies and, more important, coincides with a top-down overhaul in the substance and direction of behavioral science.

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