AS REGULARLY as turning leaves and returning students, autumn brings an announcement of the winners of 2 prestigious medical prizes. Both the Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards, presented in the United States, and the Gairdner Foundation International Awards, presented in Canada, are considered strong predictors of future Nobel Prize winners. Fifty-six Lasker awardees and 47 Gairdner winners have gone on to become Nobel Laureates.
The 1997 winners and citations for their accomplishments are as follows.
Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards
Established 52 years ago by New York, NY-based philanthropists Albert and Mary Woodard Lasker, these awards, according to the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, "celebrate scientists, physicians, and public servants whose accomplishments have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and even cure of many of the great cripplers and killers of our century." At ceremonies in New York City, each winner receives an honorarium, a citation in