Category Archives: Awards and Honors
Casanova, whose research established for the first time that a predisposition to infectious diseases in children can be genetically determined, has been named one of 27 new investigators with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His appointment brings the total number of Rockefeller scientists supported by HHMI to 16. More »
Jamison, a professor of psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has made extensive contributions to the field of psychology and is considered one of the country’s foremost authorities on manic-depressive bipolar illness. She is being honored for her 1993 book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, which examines the relationship between artistic creativity and mood disorders.
Tessier-Lavigne, Rockefeller president and head of the Laboratory of Brain Development, and Jeffrey M. Friedman head of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, were elected to the honorary society and independent policy research center along with 198 other leaders in science, art, academia and the civic, corporate and philanthropic arenas. The current membership includes some 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 23 other Rockefeller University faculty members are fellows.
Pasarow awards, first presented in 1987, honor extraordinary achievement, creativity and distinction in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease and neuropsychiatry.
Davoli, a native of Italy, studied a new mechanism of tetraploidization that is induced by dysfunctional telomeres. The Weintraub Awards recognize quality, originality and significance of thesis research. More »
Ruta, head of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior, is being recognized for her promise as a scientific leader and will receive a $50,000 prize to further her research on how neural circuits are modified by experience. More »
Two Rockefeller University scientists are among 11 winners of the first annual Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, an award established by six tech entrepreneurs dedicated to advancing breakthrough research. At $3 million each, the prizes are worth more than twice the amount of the Nobel. They were created to recognize excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extended human life.
Administered by a new non-profit organization, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation, the prize is founded by Art Levinson, chairman of the board of Apple and former CEO of Genentech; Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google Inc.; Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe; Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife Pricilla Chan; and Yuri Milner, founder of the Russian internet company Mail.ru. More »
Allis leads one of five cancer research teams that are winners of $5 million in grant awards from The Starr Foundation’s Sixth Starr Cancer Consortium Grant Competition.
Both prizes recognize Friedman’s discovery of the leptin pathway and its role in regulating body weight. Together the prizes are worth nearly $750,000; Friedman shares both with Douglas Coleman, emeritus scientist at the Jackson Laboratory.
The researchers are being honored for their discovery of the molecular mechanisms governing circadian rhythm. This is the fourth major award Young and his colleagues have received in the past two years, including the Massry Prize, the Canada Gairdner International Award and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University. More »
Rice, head of the Laboratory of Virology and Infectious Disease at Rockefeller, has been awarded the 100,000 euro prize for his description of the molecular and cellular basis of hepatitis C infection in humans.
Fuchs, head of the Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at Rockefeller University, will be awarded the 2012 Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science for her innovative and imaginative approaches to research in skin biology, its stem cells and its associated human genetic disorders. More »
Rockefeller fellow receives NIH ‘early independence award’ to study immune responses with high throughput sequencing
A 2012 graduate of the Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. program, Brad Rosenberg is one of 14 early-career investigators across the country to receive an NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, a five-year, $2.1 million grant that will allow him to establish his own research program at Rockefeller. More »
Shaham, head of the Laboratory of Developmental Genetics, studies the control of programmed cell death during animal development and the roles of glial cells in nervous system development and function. He has been awarded tenure and promoted to professor. Brady, head of the Laboratory of Genetically Encoded Small Molecules, looks for new genetically encoded small molecules from bacterial sources, chemicals that may play a role in the development of new pharmaceuticals. He has been promoted to associate professor.
Friedman is being recognized for his groundbreaking discovery of leptin, a hormone that regulates food intake and energy expenditure. His observations provided scientists with a new target for treating obesity and other metabolic diseases.
Two Rockefeller University faculty have been awarded the NIH Director’s Transformative Award and three are being given New Innovator Awards.
The prize recognizes outstanding contributions to the biomedical sciences and the advancement of health, and Young is being honored for his groundbreaking work on the molecular biology of circadian rhythms. Young’s work spans nearly three decades of research on the biological clocks that regulate our bodies’ patterns of sleep and wakefulness, metabolism and response to disease. More »
The award is bestowed upon a leading biomedical research scientist who has made outstanding contributions to interferon and cytokine research, either in a basic or applied field. Casanova’s studies have important clinical implications, as they provide a rationale for developing new therapeutic approaches based on an understanding of the host component of infectious diseases. More »
The award recognizes researchers for their past or ongoing studies advancing understanding of the life sciences, and Ravetch is being recognized for discovering mechanisms by which antibodies carry out their diverse biological functions. He is one of four scientists to be honored for research projects in tropical and neglected diseases, innovative vaccines, new approaches to drug resistance and therapeutic approaches to senescence. More »
Vanessa Ruta, head of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior, has been chosen as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts. She is among twenty-two early-career researchers who are being honored for showing outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. More »