Today, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced the recipients of the 2011 Lasker Awards for "outstanding accomplishments in basic medical and clinical medical research, and public service." Long recognized as one of the most prestigious scientific and medical awards in the United States, many Lasker Award recipients later receive a Nobel Prize for their contributions to the community.
This years winners are Franz-Ulrich Hartl and Arthur L. Horwich in basic medical research for "discovering a cellular machine that controls how newly-manufactured proteins fold into their biologically active structures", Tu Youyou in clinical research "for saving millions of lives by discovering artemisinin, the most effective treatment now available against malaria", and The Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health in public service "for serving as a model institution that has transformed scientific advances into innovative therapies and provided high-quality care to patients."
The awards will be presented at a ceremony in New York City on September 23. Science Magazine and the Wall Street Journal wrote more detailed articles on the medical and scientific significance of the awards.
Since 1995, Malcolm Grear Designers has had the privilege to work with the Lasker Foundation, designing the Lasker Award and program, along with the Foundation's identity and numerous collateral materials.