The recipients of the 2008 Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards were announced this weekend in New York.
The Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research honors Victor R. Ambros, 54, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, David C. Baulcombe, 56, of the University of Cambridge, and Gary B. Ruvkun, 56, of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School, who discovered tiny RNAs that regulate gene function.
The Lasker-DeBakey Award for Clinical Medical Research honors Akira Endo, 74, of Biopharm Research Laboratories, Inc., Tokyo, who discovered the first statin.
The Lasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science, awarded biennially, honors Stanley Falkow, 74, of the Stanford University School of Medicine, for his many contributions to our knowledge of disease-causing microbes.
The Awards will be presented at a luncheon ceremony on Friday, September 26, at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The Honorable Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, will be the keynote speaker.
First presented in 1946, the Lasker Awards are the nation’s most distinguished honor for outstanding basic and clinical medical research discoveries and for lifetime contributions to medical science.
Read more about the awards and award winners at www.laskerfoundation.org and read coverage the award announcement received in The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle.
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