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2010 DART/NYU Biotechnology Achievement Awards for Role of Pure Science

The Biotechnology Study Center of NYU School of Medicine will hold its annual awards symposium on April 5, 2010, to honor three outstanding leaders in biomedical research.

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The Biotechnology Study Center of NYU School of Medicine will hold its annual awards symposium on April 5, 2010, to honor three outstanding leaders in biomedical research. The Dart/NYU Biotechnology Achievement Awards recognize the role of pure science in the development of pharmaceuticals and honors those scientists whose work has led to major advances to improving care provided at the patient’s bedside. Recipients of this year’s award include:

Martin Raff, MD, Emeritus Professor of Biology and Scientist in the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London, for discovering how cell surface molecules govern life, death and memory in the nervous and immune systems.
 
Paul Greengard, PhD, Vincent Astor Professor, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, The Rockefeller University, for translating Nobel-prize winning discoveries of signal transduction in the nervous system from bench to bedside.
 
Leslie B. Vosshall, PhD, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Chemers Family Associate Professor; Head of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, The Rockefeller University, for discovering odor sensing pathways in insects that may lead to the design of 21st century insect repellants.
 
“We applaud the honorees of this year’s distinguished awards for their innovative research in biotechnology and molecular biology,” said Gerald Weissmann, MD, research professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology and director of the Biotechnology Study Center. “The discoveries of these extraordinary scientists have already had an impact on human health and promise even more for the future.” Dr. Weissmann will chair the awards symposium, co-sponsored by the NYU School of Medicine’s Honors Program and featuring presentations by each of the awardees.
 
This year marks the tenth anniversary of this awards symposium. Previous winners from both institutions include:
 
* Barry Coller, MD, David Rockefeller Professor, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Physician-in-Chief, The Rockefeller University, recipient of the Dart/New York University School of Medicine 2003 Biotechnology Alumnus Award
 
* Emil C. Gotschlich, MD, R. Gwin Follis-Chevron Professor, The Rockefeller University, recipient of the Dart/New York University School of Medicine 2008 Biotechnology Alumnus Award
 
* Salvador Moncada, MD, PhD, Director, Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, University College London, recipient of the Dart/New York University School of Medicine 2007
 
Achievement Award in Applied Biotechnology
 
The Biotechnology Study Center is an academic center for the study of biotechnology with the end-goal of significantly impacting public health. The Dart/NYU Biotechnology Achievement Awards are supported by a generous grant from Dart Neuroscience LLC since 2004 and are awarded on behalf of the Fellows of the Center at The Biotechnology Center.
 
Source: New York University Langone Medical Center