Advocate-Philanthropist Ann Lurie to Receive Research!America Advocacy Award

Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership

WASHINGTON—March 3, 2010—Philanthropist Ann Lurie will receive Research!America's 2010 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership. The award recognizes Lurie's exceptional contributions as one of the nation's foremost advocates and philanthropists for health and medical research.

She will be honored March 16, 2010, at the 14th Annual Research!America Advocacy Awards event at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.

Lurie began her career in public health and pediatric intensive care nursing in rural Florida and later became a critical care nurse at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Following the death of her husband, real estate investor Robert H. Lurie in 1990, she has devoted herself to leadership, commitment and personal involvement in numerous local, national and international efforts that support medical research, health care and other humanitarian causes.

She honored her husband's memory by endowing the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, also at Northwestern, where she continues to provide advocacy and leadership. Her passion for advancing pediatric care and research and for Children's Memorial prompted her to commit the principal funding for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, scheduled for completion in 2012 and located in close proximity to academic and clinical partners, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Prentice Women's Hospital.

Lurie has provided substantial support to the University of Michigan to promote research synergies between engineering and medicine including the major funding for the Biomedical Engineering Center and Robert H. Lurie Nanofabrication Facility.

In 2003, she founded Africa Infectious Disease Village Clinics, Inc., a communicable disease initiative which offers comprehensive medical care and public health services, all free of charge, to a population of approximately 90,000 Maasai in rural southeastern Kenya. In cooperation with Save the Children and One Love Africa, she funded construction of 30 schools in rural Ethiopia.

She is currently president of AID Village Clinics, Inc. and Lurie Investments, Inc. She is also president and treasurer of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation and serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health through which she funded the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions and the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University.

Award benefactors Beverly and Raymond R. Sackler, MD, are long-standing Research!America supporters. Raymond Sackler is a Research!America emeritus director.

Other 2010 Research!America Advocacy Award winners are U.S. Representative David Obey; March of Dimes; California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Board Chair Robert N. Klein, JD; J. David Gladstone Institutes Founding Director Robert W. Mahley, MD, PhD; and Geoffrey Beene FoundationTrustee and CEO G. Thompson Hutton, Esq.

Pictures of Ann Lurie and the Advocacy Awards event will be available on March 17 at www.researchamerica.org/march16.

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. The 2010 Advocacy Awards represent Research!America's 14th year of recognizing the accomplishments of leading advocates for medical and health research. For more information, visit www.researchamerica.org/advocacy_awards.

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Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco