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September 15, 2015

Vaccination and the Lasker Awards: Enduring Legacies

Author Affiliations
  • 1National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA. 2015;314(11):1119-1120. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.9807

Since 1945, the Lasker Foundation has recognized research advances with the greatest potential to improve global human health.1 Therefore, it is entirely fitting that vaccines, which save millions of lives every year worldwide, should feature so prominently in the history of the awards. Many Lasker Awards have been granted to scientists for discoveries underlying vaccine development, from basic microbiology to specific vaccine design. More recently, public health practitioners have joined the ranks of their basic science counterparts as the Lasker Foundation has recognized facilitators of vaccine delivery to those most in need.