The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 2010 Lasker Awards for “outstanding accomplishments in Basic Medical and Clinical Medical Research, and for Special Achievement in Medical Science.” Long recognized as one of the most prestigious awards in the United States for bio-medical research, many Lasker Award recipients have gone on to receive a Nobel Prize for their achievements.
Douglas Coleman and Jeffrey Friedman will share the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award “for the discovery of leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite and body weight—a breakthrough that opened obesity research to molecular exploration.” The Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award will be given to Napoleone Ferrara “for the discovery of VEGF as a major mediator of angiogenesis and the development of an effective anti-VEGF therapy for wet macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in the elderly.” David Weatherall will receive the Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science “for 50 years of international statesmanship in biomedical science exemplified by discoveries concerning genetic diseases of the blood and for leadership in improving clinical care for thousands of children with thalassemia throughout the developing world.”
This year the Lasker Foundation celebrates the 65 the anniversary of its Awards Program. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in New York City on October 1. Visit the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation web site for more detailed information.
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.