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September 21, 2005

2005 Lasker Awards Honor Groundbreaking Biomedical Research, Public Service

JAMA. 2005;294(11):1327-1330. doi:10.1001/jama.294.11.1327

Pioneering stem cell researchers, innovative geneticists, and a tireless advocate of breast cancer research and awareness are being honored this week as recipients as the 2005 Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards. Now celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Lasker Awards are the United States’ most distinguished honor for contributions to basic and clinical medical research, as well as public service on behalf of the medical research enterprise.

The Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research is shared by Ernest McCulloch, MD, and James Till, PhD, of the Ontario Cancer Institute, in Toronto, Canada, for experiments that first identified a blood-forming stem cell and set the stage for current research on adult and embryonic stem cells.