NIH’s Distinguished Investigator Warren J. Leonard, M.D., has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Leonard, chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and director of the Immunology Center at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is among the Academy’s 213 new members. This group includes some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 8, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Dr. Leonard has spent more than 30 years conducting pioneering research into the immune system. He is noted for his discovery of the genetic mutations that cause X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (XSCID), also known as the “Bubble Boy” disease, a rare genetic disease made famous by a boy who lived for 12 years in a plastic, germ-free shelter to avoid infections. Dr. Leonard is the recipient of many honors and awards, including his 2015 election to the National Academy of Sciences, one of science’s top honors, and his 2013 election to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.