Let me first express my deep appreciation for the honor you have conferred in judging me worthy of the Goldberger Award. As many of you know, my introduction to medical research was as an assistant to Joseph Goldberger. It was a rare opportunity to learn research in nutrition under one of our great medical scientists. Our relation, really that of pupil and teacher, was one that I have always cherished. It is therefore of particular meaning to me to receive this award bearing his name, in the field to which he devoted much of his professional career so brilliantly and successfully. Goldberger was always looking ahead and subjecting his work to reexamination. Similarly, I should like to take this opportunity to reexamine our nutrition program in this country and to look ahead at our nutrition needs, particularly in light of the growing importance of chronic diseases in an aging population.