William Seaman was the Research Director of the American Asthma Foundation Research Program from in inception in 1999 through 2018 when it ceased operations. Dr. Seaman’s research career focused on the innate immune system, especially the mechanisms by which receptors on macrophages and natural killer cells activate and inactivate the functions of these cells. Dr. Seaman received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. In this interview, Dr. Seaman discusses: the historic lack of research on asthma and its treatment; the establishment of the American Asthma Foundation, and the roles played by Marion and Herb Sandler; developing a program for high-risk, high-reward research; achievements of work supported by the American Asthma Foundation.
William Seaman, “Bill Seaman: The American Asthma Foundation,” Marion and Herbert Sandler Oral History Project, conducted by Martin Meeker in 2018, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2019.