Under Dr. Liang’s leadership, the enterprise steadily grew. Dr. Liang was fortunate to recruit Lawren H. Daltroy, DrPH, for an NIH-mandated education expert position at the center. Dr. Daltroy became “my great teacher, scientific soulmate, and center co-architect,” says Dr. Liang. “For us, work was play, and play was work; working with Lawren was magical.” The two developed a synchrony akin to jazz musicians in a jam session, “playing with ideas, pushing each other to new heights,” he explains.
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