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Ambros Winner of 2009 Dickson Prize in Medicine PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 November 2009 02:20

Victor R. Ambros, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School will receive the 2009 Dickson Prize in Medicine and present the Dickson Prize in Medicine Lecture on Thursday, October 15, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh’s ninth annual science and research showcase, Science2009—Unplugged.

Brian Druker, Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 06:24

Brian Druker, Nicholas Lydon, and Charles Sawyers
For the development of molecularly-targeted treatments for chronic myeloid leukemia, converting a fatal cancer into a manageable chronic condition.

Dr Anthony J. Pawson: discoverying protein domains essential for mediating protein-protein interactions in cellular signaling pathways, and the insights this research has provided into cancer PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 September 2009 05:46
Anthony 'Tony' James Pawson born Canadian scientist whose research has revolutionized the understanding of signal transduction, the molecular mechanisms by which cells respond to external cues, and how they communicate with each other. He identified the phosphotyrosine-binding Src homology 2 (SH2 domain) as the prototypic non-catalytic interaction module. SH2 domains serve as a model for a large family of protein modules that act together to control many aspects of cellular signaling. Since the discovery of SH2 domains, hundreds of different modules have been identified in many proteins.
Dr Robert S. Langer: a pioneer of trandermal delivery systems, which allow the administration of drugs or extraction PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 September 2009 23:11

Robert S. Langer (born August 29, 1948 in Albany, New York) an engineer and an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was formerly the Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and maintains activity in the department of chemical engineering and the department of biological engineering at MIT. He is also a faculty member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

Dr Ralph L. Brinster: manipulating mouse ova and embryos, which has enabled transgenesis and its applications in mice PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 September 2009 21:59

Ralph L. Brinster (1932) is an internationally renowned American geneticist and Richard King Mellon Professor of Reproductive Physiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Ralph L. Brinster was born in 1932 and grew up on a small farm in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, United States. He studied animal science as an undergraduate at the School of Agriculture, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and completed his BS in 1953. He was an officer in the United States Air Force (1953-1956) and served in an active combat zone during and after the Korean War. He returned from military service and earned his V.M.D. (1960) and his Ph.D. in Physiology (1964) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Solomon H. Snyder: developing the ways to label neurotransmitter receptors which provide tools to describe their properties PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 August 2009 05:42

Solomon H. Snyder (born December 26, 1938) is an American neuroscientist.

Snyder graduated from Georgetown University in 1958 and Georgetown University Medical Center in 1962. At a very early age he published research on ornithine decarboxylase and RNA synthesis. After a two-year fellowship at the NIH, where he studied under Julius Axelrod, Snyder moved to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to complete his residency in psychiatry, and he was appointed to the faculty there in 1966.

Dr Anthony R. Hunter: discoverying of protein kinases that phosphorylate tyrosine residues in proteins, critical for the regulation of a wide variety of cellular events, including malignant transformation PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 August 2009 06:41

Anthony Hunter, a professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory and director of the Salk Institute Cancer Center, studies how cells regulate their growth and division, and how mutations in genes that regulate growth lead to cancer. His lab has made significant contributions in the area of signal transduction, how signals that stimulate or rein in growth are routed within a cell.

Dr Matthew Meselson:a lifetime career that combines penetrating discovery in molecular biology with creative leadership in the public policy of chemical and biological weapons PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 August 2009 05:41

Matthew Stanley Meselson (born May 24, 1930) is an American geneticist and molecular biologist whose research was important in showing how DNA replicates, recombines and is repaired in cells. In his mature years, he has been an active chemical and biological weapons activist and consultant. He is married to the medical anthropologist and biological weapons writer Jeanne Guillemin.

Dr Ernest McCulloch: first identified the blood forming stem cell PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 August 2009 14:19

Ernest McCulloch was born in Toronto, Canada on 21 April, 1926, and was educated at Upper Canada College.

Ernest McCulloch received his MD in 1948 from the University of Toronto. Upon graduation, he began his education in research at the Lister Institute in London, England.

In 1957 he joined the newly formed Ontario Cancer Institute where the majority of his research focused on normal blood-formation and leukemia. Together
Dr Ralph M. Steinman: Discovery of Dendritic Cells PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 July 2009 20:02


Ralph Marvin Steinman, M.D., is an immunologist and cell biologist at Rockefeller University, who coined the term dendritic cells together with Zanvil A. Cohn in 1973. and its research. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his life-long work on dendritic cells, such as the Albert Lasker Award For Basic Medical Research (2007), the Gairdner Foundation International Award (2003), and the Cancer Research Institute William B. Coley Award (1998). In addition, he was made a member of Institute of Medicine (U.S.A.; elected 2002) and the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.A.; elected 2001).
Charles L. Sawyers, MD PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 October 2009 07:54
Brian Druker, Nicholas Lydon, and Charles Sawyers
For the development of molecularly-targeted treatments for chronic myeloid leukemia, converting a fatal cancer into a manageable chronic condition.
Dr. John Gurdon: Won Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2009 07:03

The 2009 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award honors two scientists for their discoveries concerning nuclear reprogramming. This process instructs fully specialized adult cells how to turn into stem cells that can guide the formation of any tissue type. Nuclear reprogramming thus provides the means to create invaluable materials for experimental or therapeutic purposes.

Dr Anthony S. Fauci: contributing to basic and clinical research on the pathogenesis and treatment of immune-mediated diseases PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 September 2009 07:25
Anthony S. Fauci (born: December 24, 1940) is an immunologist who has made substantial contributions to research in the areas of AIDS and other immunodeficiencies, both as a scientist and as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
Dr Bruce Beutler: best known for his pioneering molecular and genetic studies of inflammation and innate immunity PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 September 2009 04:51
Bruce A. Beutler, an immunologist and geneticist, was born in Chicago, Illinois on 29 December 1957, and is a US citizen. He is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Genetics at The Scripps Research Institute, in La Jolla, California, USA. His father, Ernest Beutler, a hematologist and medical geneticist, was also a Professor and Department Chairman at Scripps. The third of four children, Beutler was preceded by older brothers Steven Merrill Beutler (b. 1952) and Earl Bryan Beutler (b. 1954), and followed by a younger sister, Deborah Ann Beutler (b. 1962).
Dr Stanley N. Cohen: achieving actual expression of a foreign gene implanted in E. coli by the recombinant DNA method PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 September 2009 05:53

Stanley Norman Cohen (born June 30, 1935 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.) is an American geneticist.

Cohen is a graduate of Rutgers University, and received his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1960. Following subsequent training at various institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, he joined the faculty of Stanford University in 1968.

Dr John Gurdon: introduction of the xenopus oocyte into molecular biology and demonstration that the nucleus of a differentiated cell and of the egg differ in expression but not in the content of genetic genetic material PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 23:42

Sir John Bertrand Gurdon, FRS (born 2 October 1933) is a British developmental biologist. He is best known for his pioneering research in nuclear transplantation and cloning.


After attending Eton College, Gurdon studied with Michael Fischberg at Oxford, and then did postdoctural work at Caltech. His early posts were at the Department of Zoology of the University of Oxford (1962–71).

Dr Michael Berridge: studying the mechanism of cellular transmembrane signalling PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 August 2009 18:50

Dr Michael John Berridge, FRS FMedSci (born 22 October 1938) is a Rhodesian-born British physiologist and biochemist. He is best known for his work on cellular transmembrane signalling, in particular the discovery that inositol triphosphate acts as a second messenger, linking events at the plasma membrane with the release of Ca2+ within the cell.As of 2009, he is the Emeritus Babraham Fellow in the Signalling Programme Department of the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, and honorary professor of cell signalling at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Alec John Jeffreys:development of two powerful technologies - Southern hybridization and DNA fingerprinting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 August 2009 19:14
Sir Alec John Jeffreys, FRS (born 9 January 1950 at Oxford in Oxfordshire) is a British geneticist, who developed techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling which are now used all over the world in forensic science to assist police detective work, and also to resolve paternity and immigration disputes. He is a professor of genetics at the University of Leicester, and he became an honorary freeman of the City of Leicester on 26 November 1992. In 1994, he was knighted by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, for Services to Science and Technology .
Dr Aaron Temkin Beck:application of cognitive therapy PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 August 2009 20:26

Aaron Temkin Beck (born July 18, 1921) is an American psychiatrist and a professor emeritus in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Beck is known as the father of cognitive therapy and inventor of a number of the widely used self-report measures, including the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Hopelessness Scale, Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation (BSS), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and Beck Youth Inventories. He is the President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research and the Honorary President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, which certifies qualified Cognitive Therapists.

Beck attended Brown University, graduating magna cum laude in 1942. At Brown he was elected a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, was an associate editor of the Brown Daily Herald, and received the Francis Wayland Scholarship, William Gaston Prize for Excellence in Oratory, and Philo Sherman Bennett Essay Award. Beck attended Yale Medical School, graduating with an M.D. in 1946.

Dr Stanley Falkow: Studying the Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 July 2009 21:48
Stanley Falkow, PhD, (born 1934 in Albany, NY) is microbiologist and a professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is sometimes referred to as the father of molecular microbial pathogenesis, which is the study of how infectious microbes and host cells interact to cause disease at the molecular level. He formulated molecular Koch's postulates, which have guided the study of the microbial determinants of infectious diseases since the late 1980s.
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