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Medical News & Perspectives
October 15, 2003

Gene Studies, Anti-TNF Therapy Take Lasker Honors

JAMA. 2003;290(15):1979-1980. doi:10.1001/jama.290.15.1979

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.