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December 18, 1981

Lasker awards honor old and new research

JAMA. 1981;246(24):2795-2799. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320240007003

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The winners of the 36th Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards are a clinician who devised a promising application for a new technical system and a cytogeneticist whose findings and theories, first made more than three decades ago, have only recently begun to be understood and applied.

The $15,000 awards were presented at a recent press conference in New York to Barbara McClintock, PhD, who received the Basic Medical Research Award for "the discovery of transposable genetic elements and their fundamental role in genetic recombination, gene control, and DNA evolution," and to Louis Sokoloff, MD, who was given the Clinical Medical Research Award for "developing a new method of measuring brain function that contributes to basic understanding and diagnosis of brain disease."

Sokoloff is chief of the Laboratory of Cerebral Metabolism at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Rockville, Md. His technique involves measuring the utilization of glucose in the