Greek American biologist Thomas Maniatis is among the seven scientists who will be awarded the 2012 Lasker Award for their groundbreaking advances in medical research, which is offered by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.
The Lasker Awards, accompanied by an honorarium of $250,000 for each category, is considered one of the world’s most respected science prizes. The ceremony will be held on Sept. 21 in New York City.
According to Science magazine and the New York Times, many Lasker Awards winners were also awarded a Nobel Prize later in their life and career. Since 1945, the Lasker Awards program has recognized the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major progress in understanding, diagnosing, treating, curing, and preventing human disease worldwide.
Alfred Sommer, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, told the Sacramento Bee that, “The Lasker Awards celebrate biomedical research that has had a transformative effect on the practice of medicine, science, and the lives and health of people all over the world.”
Maniatis, 69, of Columbia University in New York will receive the Lasker- Koshland Special Achievemtn Award in Medical Science for making fundamental discoveries about the nature of genes. Maniatis has been supporting several young scientists to expand their career. He has also been a professor at Harvard and been awarded several scientific prizes as well as teaching at the University of Athens.
(Source: ampe, Sacramento bee)