2014 Lasker Awards Recipients Announced

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The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2014 Lasker Awards. 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.

Kazutoshi Mori and Peter Walter are recognized with an award for basic medical research for discoveries concerning the unfolded protein response—an intracellular quality-control system that detects harmful misfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum and signals the nucleus to carry out corrective measures.

Alim Louis Benabid and Mahlon R. DeLong received the award for clinical research for the development of deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus, a surgical technique that reduces tremors and restores motor function in patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Mary-Claire King is the recipient of the award for special achievement for bold, imaginative, and diverse contributions to medical science and human rights—she discovered the BRCA1 gene locus that causes hereditary breast cancer and deployed DNA strategies that reunite missing persons or their remains with their families.

The awards, which carry an honorarium of $250,000 for each category, will be presented on Friday, September 19 in New York City. Since 1995, Malcolm Grear Designers has had the privilege to work with the Lasker Foundation, designing the Lasker Awards program, along with the Foundation's identity and numerous collateral materials.