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Lasker Awards 2020 winners announced

(November 11, 2020) – On December 5, 2020, the Lasker Awards will present the awards to a group of “covid pioneers” for their ground-breaking scientific discoveries and medical breakthroughs. The recipients were selected by an independent committee after a competitive, four-month search for outstanding ideas and actions that improve the lives of millions.

Winners include: Christine Frazier, PhD, professor of pathology and immunology at the University of Michigan Health System, and James Bessen, MD, MS, FCOVA at Harvard Medical School, for their research on the genetic basis of certain cancers; Wolfgang Fuchs, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Nathan Levin, MD, Professor of Dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine, for their research on the causes of cancer; and Carl Schulte, MD, President and CEO of Rosetta Genomics, for his pioneering genomic work on human cancers.

Gustavo Hernandez, PhD, Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatric Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine, a longtime collaborator of Dr. Fuchs, will receive the Lasker Center for Clinical Investigation award for his exceptional work on visualizing and manipulating the stereotactic parts of the brain, primarily the visual cortex.

Dr. Fuchs and Dr. Schulte were the first winners of the Rosetta Genomics Lasker Award in 2018.

Plans for the 46th Annual Lasker Awards Gala are being finalized. Further details will be announced in the coming months.

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