Five Vallee Visiting Professors were appointed: Kay Davies, DPhil, FMedSci, FRCP (hon), FRCPath, CBE, DBE, FRS (Dr Lee’s Professor of Anatomy at the University of Oxford); F Ulrich Hartl, MD, DMed (Director of the Department of Cellular Biochemisty, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich); Brenda Schulman, PhD (Joseph Simone Chair in Basic Research, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Inder Verma, PhD (Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Science, Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Genetics, The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences); Xiaowei Zhuang, PhD (David B Arnold Professor of Science, Director, Center for Advanced Imaging, Harvard University, HHMI Investigator.