September 21, 2005

The Lasker Foundation and Recognition of Scientific Excellence

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dr Edwards is Professor Emeritus in Human Reproduction, Cambridge University, and Chief Editor, Reproduction BioMedicine Online, Cambridge, England.

JAMA. 2005;294(11):1422-1423. doi:10.1001/jama.294.11.1422

The Lasker Foundation has set the highest standards in acknowledging scientific worth since the mid-20th century, encouraging scientific excellence and recognizing the forefront of modern research. However, diverse factors lead to research excellence. Some investigators apparently simply see through complex problems before beginning their research. Others move from one discovery to the next, steadily enlarging their original theme. It is fascinating to watch the inspiration of the former and the dogged determination of the latter. There is also, of course, that mysterious matter of being lucky.

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