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Research Letter
November 15, 2016

Changes in Characteristics and Time to Recognition of Medical Scientists Awarded a Nobel Prize

Author Affiliations
  • 1Arts & Science Program, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA. 2016;316(19):2043-2044. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.15702

Major awards such as the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine may help motivate successive generations of scientists and deepen public awareness and political support for research.1 However, little is known about how decisions of prize-giving bodies have changed as medical science has globalized and biotechnology accelerated. We examined temporal changes in demographics and time to recognition for researchers awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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