Laurance Johnston obtained his
masters and doctorate in biochemistry and
molecular biology from Northwestern University (Illinois). His Ph.D.
research focused on the
mechanism of action of various antibiotics, including vancomycin, an
antibiotic of last resort in resistant infections. While later working at
the Chicago Medical School, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from
the Damon Runyon/Walter Winchell Cancer Foundation. He later
obtained a MBA degree from George Mason University in Virginia.
Dr. Johnston became a regulatory
scientist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and later Director,
Division of Scientific Review, National Institute of Child Health and
Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH). After leaving NIH,
the directorship of the Spinal Cord Research and Education Foundations,
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).
Supported by PVA and now by
the Icelandic government, Dr. Johnston has
written extensively on various therapies that expand the healing spectrum
of people with spinal cord injury. He has been invited to speak at
national and international meetings and is listed in Who’s Who in
America and Who’s Who in the World . (Top Photo: Laurance Johnston with former Iceland
President Vigdis Finnbogadottir)