Basic science aims to advance knowledge, not only develop new drugs or cure disease. Yet today's biomedical innovations are only possible because of fundamental research conducted decades ago. As national funding priorities shift toward applied research, young basic scientists face the most challenging funding landscape in 50 years, diverting many of them to new careers altogether. Though impossible to divine where the experiments of Stanford investigators and researchers will lead them, investing in their work — and in basic science in general — is crucial to keeping the next great discovery alive.
In this multimedia photo essay, Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael and FSI digital media associate Kylie Gordon, shine light on the interdisciplinary medical and scientific research being conducted at Stanford — which could lead to the #NextGreatDiscovery.