David Baltimore Receives Research!America Advocacy Award

Builders of Science Award

BaltimoreWASHINGTON—March 24, 2009—Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, PhD, will receive Research!America's 2009 Builders of ScienceAward. The award recognizes his leadership as founder of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and past president of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In these positions he built the capabilities, reputations and resources of what are now widely acknowledged as two of the world's top research institutions.

Baltimore will be honored tonight at the 13th Annual Research!America Advocacy Awards event at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium  in Washington, DC.

In 1982, Baltimore became founding director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, which is affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and dedicated to cancer research, developmental biology, genetics and genomics. He was president of the California Institute of Technology from 1997 to 2006. At Caltech, he raised billions of dollars in funds, overseeing the construction of the Broad Center for the Biological Sciences.

Baltimore was an early advocate for government-funded research on AIDS and is a strong advocate for stem cell research. His work has been celebrated with some of the highest honors in science, including the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1975 for his work on the genetics of viruses. In 1999, he was awarded the National Medal of Science, the highest American award for science. Among his many accomplishments, Baltimore also served as president of Rockefeller University and more recently, as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Builders of Science Award is supported by an anonymous benefactor. It is Research!America's newest award to honor an individual's achievements in building an outstanding scientific institution.

Other 2009 Research!America Advocacy Award winners are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Senator Arlen Specter; former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD; Stowers Institute founders James E. Stowers Jr. and Virginia G. Stowers; ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff; and the Genetic Alliance.

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 2009 Advocacy Awards represent Research!America's 13th 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