Lasker Awards to honor seven scientists for contributions to medicine

Prestigious award widely considered a predictor of the Nobel Prizes

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation this month will honor seven scientists with 2012 Lasker Awards for their contributions to basic medical and clinical research, as well as special achievements in biomedicine.

The Lasker Awards—one of the world's most prestigious scientific prizes—will be awarded next week at a ceremony in New York City and each recipient will receive $250,000. In the past two decades, 29 Lasker laureates have later been awarded a Nobel Prize.

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The awards recognize scientists in three categories:

  • The Basic Medical Research Award: This award will be shared by Columbia University's Michael Sheetz, Stanford University's James Spudich, and University of California-San Francisco's Ronald Vale in recognition of their work on the mechanics of motor proteins that transport material inside cells.
  • The Clinical Medical Research Award: University of Cambridge's Roy Calne and University of Pittsburgh'sThomas Starzl will receive this award for their independent efforts to develop techniques for safe liver transplants.
  • The Special Achievement Award: Carnegie Institution for Science's Donald Brown and Columbia's Thomas Maniatis will share this award for their work in genetics and their efforts to foster young scientists (Bakalar, New York Times, 9/10; Ritter, AP/U. S. News & World Report, 9/10).

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