An American scientist who helped advance the understanding of gene expression
and two British researchers who discovered treatment for rheumatoid arthritis
and other autoimmune diseases were presented with this year's Lasker Awards
for medical research.
Robert G. Roeder, PhD, of Rockefeller University, New York, won the
2003 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for his pioneering studies on
eukaryotic RNA polymerases and on the cellular machinery for gene transcription,
which led the way to biochemical analysis of gene expression in animal cells . Marc Feldmann, PhD, and Ravinder N. Maini, BCh, of
the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at Imperial College, London, won the
2003 Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research for their discovery of anti-tumor
necrosis factor (TNF) therapy as an effective treatment for autoimmune diseases.
Mitka M. Gene Studies, Anti-TNF Therapy Take Lasker Honors. JAMA. 2003;290(15):1979-1980. doi:10.1001/jama.290.15.1979