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2013 Lasker Awards Honor Biomedical Researchers and Champions of Public Service

Tracy Hampton, PhD
JAMA. 2013;310(10):1011-1013. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.276942.
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Insights into the brain, hearing restoration, and medical improvements in developing countries represent the achievements of this year’s recipients of the 2013 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the Lasker ~ DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and the Lasker ~ Bloomberg Public Service Award.

“This year the Lasker Basic Award honors 2 scientists who discovered how the billions of neurons in our brain communicate with each other, and the Lasker Clinical Award honors 3 inventors who developed the modern cochlear implant that allows severely deaf people to hear. The Public Service Award recognizes a husband-wife team whose vision and dedication changed the way that complicated health challenges are addressed,” said Claire Pomeroy, president of the Lasker Foundation.

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Richard H. Scheller, PhD, (left), and Thomas C. Südhof, MD, (right), earned the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for research that illuminated the process of neurotransmitter release that allows the billions of neurons in the brain to communicate with each other.

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Graeme M. Clark, MB, MS, PhD (left), Ingeborg Hochmair, PhD (middle), and Blake S. Wilson (right) received the 2013 Lasker ~ DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for their work in developing the modern cochlear implant that allows severely deaf people to hear.

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Bill and Melinda Gates received the 2013 Lasker ~ Bloomberg Public Service Award for their work in global public health, including efforts to increase access to vaccines and therapies for infectious diseases, initiatives to increase agricultural productivity, and projects to improve sanitation in developing countries.

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