2017 Lasker awards - TOR signaling pathway research, HPV vaccine, and reproductive health


Lasker awards was founded by Albert Lasker and his wife Mary Woodard Lasker to recognize those who have made major contributions to medical science. The Lasker award is commonly considered as the Nobel Prize of America. The 2017 Lasker Awards for Basic Medical Research was awarded to Michael N. Hall, a molecular biologist at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum in Switzerland, for his work in discovering the TOR protein and in characterizing the role of TOR in cell growth and metabolism. In human, mammalian TOR (mTOR) has been implicated in cancer, diabetes and other diseases related to aging. The prize for Clinical Research was awarded to Douglas R. Lowy and John T. Schiller, the researchers at the National Cancer Institute, for their work in developing the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for prevention of cervical cancer. The Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award was presented to Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides cancer screening, inherited diseases and reproductive health care including birth control services.

1. http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards/

2. Manning BD, N Engl J Med. 2017. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMcibr1709384 

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