Lasker Awards winners for 2021 celebrated today at the White House

Covid Vaccine Pioneers and Others Win 2021 Lasker Awards in Medicine The Lasker Fellowships honor outstanding individuals for their innovative leadership and public service. WASHINGTON – The next generation of vaccine research pioneers in…

Lasker Awards winners for 2021 celebrated today at the White House

Covid Vaccine Pioneers and Others Win 2021 Lasker Awards in Medicine

The Lasker Fellowships honor outstanding individuals for their innovative leadership and public service.

WASHINGTON – The next generation of vaccine research pioneers in immunology, vaccines, cell research and other fields were awarded Lasker fellowships in medicine at a White House ceremony today.

Twenty individuals were chosen to be fellows in 2021, as part of the 36th annual awards event.

“We recognize the next generation of the best researchers who are making a big impact in a big area,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. “This year’s Lasker awards exemplify that and put us on the path to achieve our public health priorities, including saving lives with new treatments for cancer and other infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and Lyme disease.”

The Lasker Awards honor distinguished biomedical research and exceptional leadership. Individuals receive an unrestricted grant for $250,000 for one or more years, a dinner and other fellowship awards. This year’s Lasker Awards were funded through a generous gift from Jennifer and Jeffrey Salkin. The award does not include lifetime achievement awards.

2017 cohort of Lasker Leaders

The recipients of the 2018 Lasker Awards for 2018 are:

Samir Saha, BiondVax Inc.

Michelle Tavelman, National Institutes of Health

Martin Kwok, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Miles Pennington, Benaroya Research Institute

David Huffman, Princeton University

Mahina Joshi, Purdue University

Julie Lowenthal Salyer, University of California, Davis

Peter Coffey, Southern Methodist University

Ted F. Murphy, California Institute of Technology

Stephen H. Tagust, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

John A. Grabinsky, Emory University

Christina M. Davison, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Linda Hess, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brian Owen, Baylor College of Medicine

Lesley H. Pfeiffer, Stanford University

T. Rachel Slow, University of Pennsylvania

Eric C. Sanchez, Stanford University

Jacquelyn Duhaney, Massachusetts General Hospital

Ellen E. Varratt, Yale University

2017 cohort of Lasker leaders

Catherine Ting, the Rockefeller University

Will Li, Cell Signaling and Regulatory System Initiative at Stanford University

Ann M. McConkey, Mayo Clinic

Tau Qiu, the University of California, San Francisco

Lisa Laudati, Rockefeller University

Tali Shamir, the University of Pennsylvania

Mark Olfson, Columbia University

Matthew Lindner, Tufts University

Elena Richter, Stanford University

Josh Dvash, American Museum of Natural History

Nakia Sargent, the University of Michigan

Amari D. Edwards, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This year’s recipients of the 2018 Lasker Fellowship:

Sharon Zaidman, Cleveland Clinic

Paul L. Wheatley, The Cedars-Sinai Hospital

Joao Cesar Moraes, Weill Cornell Medical College

Christina G. Dasu, Hanyang University

Samantha J. Gilbreath, George Washington University

Jeongjin Park, Rochester Medical Center

Andrea Pio, University of Pittsburgh

Julia Wan, University of Michigan

Armando Quesada, University of Cincinnati

Adriel Arshoushko, University of Connecticut

Maria Soltero, the University of Miami

Giancarlo Palazzetti, Stanford University

In terms of tech innovation, five winners were announced today in four categories:

First Prize in STEM Innovation in AI, Machine Learning, and Computer Vision — AnthroSys Corporation

The Lasker Prize in Best Professional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Innovation in AI in Action — Stanford University

The Lasker Prize in Best Educational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Innovation in Action — Waggener Edstrom Worldwide

Schnabel Prize in Applied to the Lasker Award for Intellectual Resilience — Thorntabull

Original Lasker Prize, non-medical category

In addition to the STEM innovators, four non-medical innovators were announced today:

Best Ambulatory Lasker Prize in Healthcare: ONA

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