The recipients of this year’s Lasker Awards include a trio of
scientists who have studied nuclear hormone receptors, an inventor of modern
cataract surgery, and a molecular biologist who has made his name in both
basic research and public policy.
Often called “America’s Nobels,” the Lasker Awards
honor scientists, physicians, and others who have made major contributions
in biomedicine. Joseph Goldstein, MD, of the University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center, recipient of both the Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
and the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1985, and chairman of the international
jury of researchers that selects recipients, said, “With open minds
and creative thinking, scientists can break into unknown territory and revolutionize
the direction of scientific inquiry. This year’s Lasker Awards honor
three such achievements.
Hampton T. 2004 Lasker Awards Honors Announced. JAMA. 2004;292(17):2065–2071. doi:10.1001/jama.292.17.2065