Today, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced the recipients of the 2012 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 science.
This years winners are Michael Sheetz, James Spudich and Ronald Vale in basic medical research for “discoveries concerning cytoskeletal motor proteins, machines that move cargoes within cells, contract muscles, and enable cell movements,” Roy Calne and Thomas Starzl in clinical research for “the development of liver transplantation, which has restored normal life to thousands of patients with end-stage liver disease,” and Donald Brown and Thomas Maniatis in special achievement for “exceptional leadership and citizenship in biomedical science, exemplified by fundamental discoveries concerning the nature of genes, by selfless commitment to young scientists, and by disseminating revolutionary technologies to the scientific community.” The awards will be presented at a ceremony in New York City on September 21. Beginning in 1945, the Lasker Awards program has recognized the contributions of scientists and physicians who have made a significant impact in the understanding and prevention of human diseases. More information about the winners and their achievements can be found in this N.Y. Times article.
Since 1995, Malcolm Grear Designers has had the privilege to work with the Lasker Foundation, designing the Lasker Award program, along with the Foundation's identity and numerous collateral materials.