Dana-Farber’s William Kaelin, Jr. wins 2016 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research

Dr. Kaelin

The 2016 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award honors three physician-scientists for their discovery of the pathway by which cells from human and most animals sense and adapt to changes in oxygen availability, a process that is essential for survival. Scientists had long appreciated that the success of today’s dominant life forms hinges on oxygen, yet little was known about their responses to it. William G. Kaelin, Jr. (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School),Peter J. Ratcliffe (University of Oxford/Francis Crick Institute), and Gregg L. Semenza (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) illuminated the core molecular events that explain how almost all multicellular animals tune their physiology to cope with varying quantities of the life-sustaining element, thus exposing a unique signaling scheme.

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MSMR’s 2016 Biomedical Research Day Honorees


Each year on Biomedical Research Day MSMR recognizes researchers, educators, business leaders and public officials who have provided significant new knowledge, leadership and support.

This year’s Honorees are:

Diana Bianchi, MD, Tufts University’s Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences, Bianchi Lab, Tufts Medical Center’s Mother Infant Research Institute – Researcher

Michael Ehlers, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President, R&D, Biogen, Inc. – Business Leader

Linda Griffith, PhD, MIT, Center for Gynepathology Research, Griffith Lab – Researcher

Celia Schiffer, PhD University of Massachusetts Medical School, Schiffer Lab, Institute for Drug Resistance – Educator

Full details are here.

At a Recognition Luncheon to be held October 21st, Travis McCready, President and CEO of the Mass. Life Sciences Center, will greet guests and honorees. After receiving an award, each honoree will then speak about her or his passion for this work and where it may lead us.

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