The nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Stanley B. Prusiner, MD, Professor of Neurology, Virology, and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. It represents the culmination of a research effort begun in 1972, when as a neurology resident he had a patient with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and he became determined to define the molecular pathogenesis of this disease. Prusiner is the first single winner since 1987 and only the sixth in the past 40 years. Other major honors and awards he has been presented include: The Potamkin Prize for Alzheimer's Disease Research by the American Academy of Neurology, 1991; Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health, 1992; Richard Lounsbery Award for Extraordinary Scientific Research by the National Academy of Science of the United States, 1993; Gairdner Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Science,
Rosenberg RN. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 1997 Awarded to Stanley B. Prusiner, MD. Arch Neurol. 1997;54(12):1456. doi:10.1001/archneur.1997.00550240012006
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