May 10, 2022 Read about Marc Feldmann's contributions to the fight against rheumatoid arthritis, watch Katalin Karikó discuss the development of mRNA therapies, and listen to the third episode of our podcast Classic Lasker, featuring Ralph Steinman.
MAY 5, 2022 In the 2022 Lasker-APSA Lecture, Katalin Karikó traces the history of messenger RNA, from its discovery in the early 1960s, through the modifications that enabled it to be used to rapidly deploy effective Covid-19 vaccines, and then looks forward toward the development of new mRNA therapies.
APR. 6, 2022 Read about Matthew Meselson, who was recognized with a Lasker Award for his extraordinary contributions to two different areas of the scientific enterprise: molecular biology and public policy.
APR. 6, 2022 Janet Rowley had to wait nine months to start medical school because the quota for women had been filled. She went on to win a Lasker Award for transforming our understanding of the genetics of cancer, making it possible to diagnose cancer at the molecular level. Listen to her story.
MAR. 14, 2022 Meet groundbreaking scientist and humanitarian Mary Claire King and check out the first episode of our podcast Classic Lasker, featuring Paul Zamecnik. And don't forget that the 2022 Lasker Essay Contest closes on March 30 at 2pm Eastern Time.
MAR. 9, 2021 Listen as 1996 Lasker Award winner Paul Zamecnik tells us how he got into basic research as WWII was imminent, about not winning the Nobel prize, and his chance encounters that would set him on his scientific path.
NOV. 10, 2021 Read about the United States biomedical research enterprise, meet the 2021 Clinical Research Scholars, check your eligibility to enter next year's Essay Contest, and submit a nomination for the 2022 Lasker Awards.
OCT. 20, 2021 Read about the health effects of natural disasters, see how wildfires impact redwood forest ecology, get the tools to advocate for medical research, and join Karl Deisseroth for a tour of optogenetics.
SEPT. 24, 2021 Truly creative works of science and art produce unexpected and surprising results—just like the punch line of a good joke that generates an unfamiliar twist on a familiar idea. Surprise stimulates curiosity, which triggers a search to reveal the mystery of things unknown.
JULY 13, 2021 Read the five winning entries of the 2021 Essay Contest and meet their authors. Learn about the health issues resulting from 'long Covid' in an opinion piece from Lasker President Claire Pomeroy.
JULY 13, 2021 We asked early-career medical professionals and research scientists about lessons learned from the pandemic. The Foundation received hundreds of thoughtful entries. Read the winning essays.
JUNE 15, 2021 Learn about some of the wide-ranging discoveries made in the field of neuroscience. And read our disease fact sheets that illustrate the impact of research investment on alleviating disease burden.
JUNE 15, 2021 Lasker Laureates have helped map the wiring of the brain, decipher the chemical communication between neurons, create innovative therapies for Parkinson's disease, and restore hearing to the deaf.
MAY 12, 2021 Learn about revolutionary contributions made by Lasker Laureates in understanding and treating cardiovascular disease. And read an opinion piece on the importance of supporting the Biden Administration's revamped Cancer Moonshot.
APRIL 14, 2021 Read about the role that Lasker Laureates have played in understanding and treating cancer. Listen as Cynthia Kenyon shares how following one’s interests can lead to unexpectedly fruitful results. And watch Max Cooper discuss the evolution of alternate adaptive immune systems.
NOV. 12, 2020 Meet the newest Lasker Clinical Research Scholars, explore the interactions between macrophages and T Cells with Emil Unanue, and learn how to submit a nomination for the 2021 Lasker Awards.
OCT. 14, 2020 Siddhartha Mukherjee reflects on the historic contributions that have been made to our understanding of immunology and virology, and considers future directions in medical and basic research brought to the forefront by the Covid-19 pandemic.
SEPT. 25, 2020 In this issue we celebrate 75 years of Lasker Awards recognizing advances against infectious disease. And we profile a geneticist extraordinaire who challenged dogma and changed the way we think about genes.
JULY 10, 2020 We highlight past "The Art of Science" essays by Chair of the Lasker Medical Research Jury, Joseph Goldstein. And we invite you to read the winning entries in the 2020 Lasker Essay Contest.
JUNE 7, 2020 In these three final chapters, Wexler discusses the ethical implications of genetic research, her experience winning the 1993 Lasker Award, and the future of Huntington’s disease research.
MARCH 10, 2020 To celebrate Lasker’s 75th anniversary, we will be publishing profiles of our Laureates every month. In this issue, we speak with J. Michael Bishop, Harold Varmus, and Eric Kandel. We also feature the first chapter of a multipart interview with Nancy Wexler.
JAN. 6, 2020 In a two-part seminar, Uri Hasson explores how brain activity is shared between listeners of the same story, and how those shared neural responses are coupled to and shaped by the neural activity in the storyteller’s brain.
JAN. 6, 2020 In a two-part seminar, Uri Hasson explores how brain activity is shared between listeners of the same story, and how those shared neural responses are coupled to and shaped by the neural activity in the storyteller’s brain.
SEPT. 30, 2019 A multi-part introduction to bioimage analysis that provides an overview of the practice and principles of microscopy digital image handling. Follow the life cycle of an image data set, from acquisition to analysis.
SEPT. 11, 2019 Cooper and Miller for the discovery of B and T cells; Shepard, Salmon, and Ullrich for the invention of a targeted antibody therapy for breast cancer; and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for providing sustained access to childhood vaccines around the globe.
SEPT 08, 2019 The iconic phrase “a shot heard ‘round the world” signifies an exceptional event. Seurat’s masterpiece La Grande Jatte, painted with many thousand dots of color, came as a shot to the art world—a shot fired by the imagination of the artist and inspired by the color theories of a scientist.
MARCH 20, 2019 While chronic loneliness has serious health implications, these can be addressed by both practical and policy approaches. Read the opinion piece by Lasker Foundation president Claire Pomeroy in Scientific American.
OCT. 31, 2018 Jeffrey Friedman, Marilyn M. Simpson Professor at The Rockefeller University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, delivered a 2018 Lasker Lecture on October 30 at the University of Chicago. Friedman spoke about his exploration of the history of the discovery of insulin, and how World War I delayed the development of a first treatment for diabetes.
OCT. 16, 2018 In a far-reaching interview, Shirley Tilghman discusses her own path in science and how we need to rethink how we train and inspire budding scientists in a challenging career environment.
SEPT. 11, 2018 David Allis and Michael Grunstein for discoveries elucidating histone modification and gene expression; John Glen for the discovery and development of propofol; and Joan Argetsinger Steitz for pioneering discoveries in RNA biology and for four decades of leadership in biomedical science
SEPT 08, 2018 Critics of art and philosophers of science and have long wrestled with the question of what elevates a piece of art or a set of experiments to masterpiece status. Masterpieces of art and science are like hooks that capture our imagination.
AUG. 1, 2018 Dan Littman discusses the opposing roles that Th17 cells play in promoting health and in the pathology of autoimmune disease, and talks about different T cell responses to commensal microbes.
JUNE 27, 2018 Join us in congratulating the 2018 first, second, and third place Lasker Essay Contest winners, and learn more about their essays, their experiences with the contest, and their thoughts about building public trust in science.
Meet the winners of the 2018 Essay Contest and learn how they answered the question, “How can social media help build trust in science and the research enterprise?” We also check in with the 2017 Essay Contest winner, Abigail Cline.
MAY 30, 2018 In an opinion piece for The Hill, Lasker Foundation president Claire Pomeroy expresses gratitude for the bipartisan cooperation that brought about a $3 billion increase in funding for the NIH.
MAY 21, 2018 2018 marks the end of a 10-year fruitful collaboration between Lasker Foundation and the International Retinal Research Foundation to foster innovation in vision science. Read more about the program highlights.
Get a global view on global health—Learn about Lasker Laureate William Foege’s “surveillance and containment” strategy to eradicate smallpox, hear from Lasker Laureate Alfred Sommer about recent “near-miss” epidemics, and read about how government, non-profit, and industry sectors all play a role in global health.
DEC. 15, 2017 Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness throughout the world. Read about the Lasker/IRRF initiative aiming to accelerate discovery of novel ways to treat and prevent this condition.
From the development of the Pap smear in the 1940s to new non-invasive prenatal testing techniques, Lasker Laureates have played an important role in improving diagnostic technology, sometimes unexpectedly. Read an interview with leading scientists from academia, industry, and government on new developments, and learn about historic milestones that have changed the way diseases are diagnosed and treated.
DEC. 1, 2017 The November 30, 2017 Lasker Lessons in Leadership lecture was given by Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a Rear Admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service.
OCT. 26, 2017 Public Lecture. Are viruses alive? How, when, and why do viruses jump to new species and what are the implications for human health? Can viruses be harnessed as cures for dangerous bacterial infections and other diseases? A talk by Paul Turner, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University.
OCT. 6, 2017 The Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) nurture science communication skills of talented PhD students and postdocs. The Lasker Foundation is proud to sponsor the annual YSS competition with iBiology and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.
OCT. 3, 2017 Op-ed: Nothing is more valuable than good health. Lasker President Claire Pomeroy argues that to improve our futures and those of our family, we must stand up for the science that yields the miracles of health.
SEPT. 15, 2017 Michael Hall for nutrient-activated TOR proteins that regulate cell growth; Douglas Lowy and John Schiller for HPV vaccines that prevent cancer; Planned Parenthood for essential health services and reproductive care.
AUG. 23, 2017 Paul Turner describes the fundamental biology of viruses, how they interact with their host organisms, how they might have originally evolved long ago, and discusses using phage therapy to treat bacterial infections.
JULY 13, 2017 Shirley Tilghman shares with the Lasker Foundation what contributed to her early success as a scientist, how she became president of Princeton University, and strategies to help women attain leadership positions. (Podcast available)
JULY 13, 2017 Young scientists face many career challenges today. We explore these issues in our summer newsletter through interviews with early-career scholars and with established leaders in the biomedical field.
JUNE 27, 2017 David Ottenheimer shares with Lasker what inspired him to pursue a career in the field of psychiatric illness, the role of researchers in science communication, and how he sees his future as a young scientist.
Get advice on how to succeed in science from three accomplished women in science—Lasker Laureate Elizabeth Neufeld, president emerita of Princeton University Shirley Tilghman, and Lasker/NIH Clinical Research Scholar Beth Kozel. We also talk to the 2016 Lasker Essay Contest winner about his future as a young scientist.
JUNE 6, 2017 University Lecture. 2016 Lasker laureate Bruce Alberts gave a talk on April 18 at Virginia Commonwealth University tackling some of the most vexing questions of our times: science communication and science literacy.
MAY 23, 2017 The IRRF initiative has produced five review articles published in a special issue of Experimental Eye Research discussing the big questions in the Glaucoma field and identifying topics and experiments that should be addressed within the next five years.
APRIL 28, 2017 William Kaelin, Jr. spoke about oxygen sensing to medical school students, researchers, and faculty members at Duke University in the afternoon of April 12. That morning, he talked with high school students about pursuing scientific research.
APRIL 20, 2017 The fourth report from the Albert & Mary Lasker Foundation and the International Retinal Research Foundation's collaboration provides new insights and innovative approaches to better diagnose, treat, and prevent amblyopia.
APRIL 10, 2017 Precision medicine and systems medicine approaches explore the possibility of integrating big data into medical practice to provide more effective therapies and disease prevention strategies.
APRIL 10, 2017 Susumu Tonegawa, Lasker laureate, director of the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan, and former director of MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, shares his thoughts on what makes the RIKEN Institute special and why collaboration occurs naturally at the Picower Institute.
Learn about 21st-century healthcare—precision medicine and systems medicine—and how the Lasker Laureates who discovered the genetic basis of antibody diversity are leading the way. Read exclusive interviews with Leroy Hood, Susumu Tonegawa, and Philip Leder
DEC. 15, 2016 From the community: High-School Senior, aspiring scientists and student cancer researcher, Langley Grace Wallace, writes about Mary Lasker's role as a catalyst for the National Cancer Act of 1971 and her impact on the nation's elite scientists.
NOV. 22, 2016 Scientific awards afford a special opportunity to enlighten the general public on how scientific discoveries arise. Like a Francis Bacon triptych, a prizeworthy scientific discovery has its greatest impact in capturing the public’s imagination when the story of its origin can be traced to its fundamental roots and told in an engaging way
NOV. 15, 2016 What is the role of science philanthropy today? How does private investment in science and technology compare to that of the government, and what challenges stand in the way of more support for basic research?
NOV. 15, 2016 Jim and Marilyn Simons talk about establishing and running the Simons Foundation — one of the most dynamic science foundations based in New York — and how they see the role of philanthropy in supporting science.
NOV. 15, 2016 Nancy Wexler’s journey to find the gene that causes Huntington’s disease began in 1968 when her mother was diagnosed with the condition. It took years of fundraising, collaboration, and conferences, and months spent in the stilt villages of Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela collecting samples, to find the answer.
NOV. 15, 2016 Robert Tjian, the former president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, discusses whether it’s better to fund people or projects, how to encourage collaboration, and what questions in biology excite him most today.
OCT. 12, 2016 The Young Scientist Seminars is a new video series from iBiology featuring talented PhD students and postdocs giving talks about their research and discoveries. The Lasker Foundation is pleased to partner with iBiology on this initiative.
Join the discussion about science funding. We explore the role of science philanthropy and government in funding basic research, talk to former HHMI president Robert Tijan about funding people versus projects, and learn how Lasker Laureate Nancy Wexler persevered in her hunt for the Huntington’s gene before there was funding for that type of research.
AUG. 12, 2016 Public Lecture. What are the molecular mechanisms by which cancer develops? How can cancer be prevented and treated, and are new approaches being developed to promising new therapies? A talk by Lasker laureate Harold Varmus, a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.
JULY 13, 2016 Alfred Knudson, a 1998 Lasker Laureate whose two-hit hypothesis explained that malignancies can occur because of a loss or inactivation of both copies of a gene that normally functions to inhibit cell growth, which we now call a tumor suppressor gene, has passed away at age 93.
JUNE 6, 2016 The Lasker Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Lasker Essay Contest! Participants in this year's contest were asked to consider which fundamental discoveries in basic medical research have not been clinically explored and translated into better human health.
APRIL 28, 2016 Newsletter Spring 2016. The 2009 Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Mecical Research Award winners developed one of the first successful targeted molecular therapy drugs that converted chronic myeloid leukemia from a fatal cancer to a manageable chronic condition. What lessons can be learned from that exemplary academia-industry partnership?
APRIL 28, 2016 Newsletter Spring 2016. In 1982, five scientists received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for work that revolutionized our understanding of cancer. Read an excerpt from J. Michael Bishop's inspirational — and revealing — acceptance speech.
APRIL 28, 2016 Newsletter Spring 2016. David Hill shares with Lasker what inspired him to pursue a career in the field of human microbiome, how he prepared for the essay contest, and how he envisions his future as a young scientist.
APRIL 28, 2016 Newsletter Spring 2016. The president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute — the largest private funder of academic biomedical research in the United States — reflects on what needs to change to better support young scientists and on why, despite tight funding, we need more PhDs.
APRIL 28, 2016 Newsletter Spring 2016. One of the monumental achievements of Mary Lasker’s advocacy in support of biomedical research was the signing of the National Cancer Act in 1971. What has been accomplished in cancer research since then, and how will the National Cancer Moonshot build on its legacy?
MARCH 30, 2016 Lessons in Leadership. Craig Thompson, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Center will discuss strategies for successful leadership, and the difference between leadership and management. March 31, 9am ET.
FEB. 23, 2016 Lasker President Claire Pomeroy talks to BBC Radio 4 about the role Mary Lasker played in mobilizing public support to bring pressure on Congress and President Nixon to support cancer research. Part 1 of a BBC Radio 4 series focused on discussions related to President Obama's Cancer Moonshot.
FEB. 15, 2016 Robin Chandler Duke was a tireless advocate of family planning, world population stabilization and women's reproductive rights. In 1991, she received Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for her work. Ms. Duke died on Saturday, February 6, at 92.
JAN. 1, 2016 We must change a culture of unconscious bias in order to support women in research careers and to achieve the full promise of science and medicine, argues Lasker President Claire Pomeroy in Scientific American.
NOV. 24, 2015 iBiology partnership. Geneticist Paul Nurse, a Lasker Laureate and Nobel Prize winner, speaks with Dan Rather about the importance of science for culture and civilization, how to inspire young minds to be interested in discovery, and what it means to be brilliant.
SEPT. 15, 2015 Lasker President Claire Pomeroy discusses the history of the Lasker Awards and their importance in highlighting the contributions of hundreds of scientists involved in research and public service.
SEPT. 8, 2015 For more than a century, historians of science have been pondering which is more important in the creative process: knowledge or imagination. The most original scientists (and artists) in our day discover newness by blending existing knowledge with imaginative thinking.
AUG. 26, 2015 Public Lecture. What are the mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, ALS, and Parkinson's, and are there promising new therapies? A talk by Gregory Petsko, a professor of neurology and neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College.
AUG. 26, 2015 Lasker Foundation President Claire Pomeroy discusses the underlying conditions that contribute to the poor health of foster children and what our society needs to do to address these issues.
AUG. 4, 2015 Lessons in Leadership. What does it take to turn good research into a successful publication in today's competitive academic environment? Dan Littman, Professor of Molecular Immunology at New York University, shared insights.
JULY 31, 2015 The Lasker Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Lasker Essay Contest! Participants in this year's contest were asked to consider the most important fundamental mystery in biology today that, if unlocked by basic research, would yield the greatest dividends for human health.
JUNE 1, 2015 Lessons in Leadership. The presentation, entitled "From Brooklyn to Lab Bench to Board Room: Lessons Learned," took place on May 19, 2015, on the NIH main campus in Bethesda and was the first in a series of talks aiming to inspire MD and PhD students for future leadership.
FEB. 6, 2015 The MMR vaccine developed by Lasker Laureate Maurice Hilleman was a gift that has saved many millions of lives. Now it is up to us to ensure that all children have access to life-saving science, argues Lasker Foundation President Claire Pomeroy in an editorial on Fox News
JAN. 29, 2015 What are we to think when we read that NIH funding for medical research has lost nearly one quarter of its purchasing power in the last decade? Lasker President Claire Pomeroy discusses how loss of funding for medical research affects our ability to cope with crises such as Ebola.
JAN. 14, 2015 We asked our 2014 essay contest winner, Peter Soh, to share his thoughts about how this award has affected his professional development and his views on communicating medical and science issues with the public.
JAN. 7, 2015 The third report from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and the International Retinal Research Foundation's 10-year collaboration, recently published in the ARVO journal Translational Vision Science & Technology (TVST), explores which approaches to restoring sight are most promising and most likely to benefit the greatest number of blind individuals who have lost vision as a result of retinal degenerative disease.
OCT. 10, 2014 Emily Hoelzli and Angela Troia, the Lasker Foundation's 2014 summer interns, discuss the discovery of LDL receptors by Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein and the development of statins to lower blood cholesterol by Akira Endo.
SEPT. 9, 2014 Lasker Jury Chair Joseph Goldstein writes about the essence of creativity making parallels between art and science. He begins by quoting Oscar Wilde, who has famously proclaimed that the most creative individuals are those who have taught their minds to misbehave.
SEPT. 8, 2014 The Lasker Awards honor extraordinary individuals who have made fundamental biological discoveries, developed therapies to dramatically improve patient care, and provided mentorship and leadership to pave the way for the next generation of scientists.
SEPT. 2, 2014 For the last five years, the Lasker Foundation has had the privilege to partner with the Journal of Clinical Investigation. During this time, JCI has produced profiles of Lasker award winners, and several Lasker Laureates have been featured in their video series, Giants of Medicine.
JUNE 23, 2014 The US needs more physicians, researchers, educators, and leaders. A solution is within reach — women are ready, capable, and willing to extend a healing hand, yet they are discouraged by systematic underrepresentation at leadership levels in medicine, argues Claire Pomeroy, President of the Albert & Mary Lasker Foundation, in The Hill.
JUNE 10, 2014 This summer, the Lasker Foundation asked the people whose future professional lives will be devoted to health and the development of new disease therapies and cures to propose innovative ways to build support and ensure funding for medical research.
JUNE 10, 2014 Commencement address to the 2014 graduating class of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences: "The Physician's Call to Justice: Healing Patients, Healing the World."
JUNE 9, 2014 Panelists Bechara Choucair, Niranjan Karnik, and Claire Pomeroy joined moderator and APSA Board of Directors member Shwayta Kukreti for a panel discussion of Public Outreach of the Physician-Scientist at the 10th APSA Annual Meeting/2014 Joint Meeting of the ASCI and AAP.
MARCH 23, 2014 University Lecture. Thomas Südhof, a professor of molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford University School of Medicine and recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, discusses the mechanism of neurotransmitter release.
SEPT. 9, 2012 Explosive revelations or slowly forming ideas — how do paradigm shifts in science happen? Jury Chair Joseph Goldstein discusses these questions by looking at art pieces that explore the birth of great ideas.
SEPT. 12, 2012 iBiology. Lasker Award winner Ron Vale visits a high school class and explains how he became fascinated with molecular motors and how they work. He also describes the experiments that led to his discovery of the motor protein kinesin.
OCT. 14, 2010 The first program of the Lasker/International Retinal Research Foundation's Initiative for Innovation in Vision Science, launched in 2009, explored the dual role of astrocytes in glaucoma.
MARCH 16, 2010 University Lecture. The 2010 Lasker Lecture, "The Origin of Cellular Life and the Emergence of Darwinian Evolution," was delivered by Jack Szostak, on March 16, 2010, at the Scripps Research Institute's Florida campus.
SEPT. 11, 2005 This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Lasker Awards. Mary Lasker's establishment of two separate awards reflects her philosophy of medical research: major advances come from both the bench and the bedside.
SEPT. 10, 2004 A stone and wood installation by British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy reveals how decisions are made about which scientific discoveries are true milestones and prizeworthy of being etched in Lasker stone.
SEPT. 10, 2003 This year marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the chemical structure of DNA and the creation of a lung-heart machine that allowed open-heart surgeries. The year when these discoveries were made, however, the show was stolen by another event — the first issue of Playboy magazine featuring Marilyn Monroe on its cover.
SEPT. 9, 2002 Advances in sciences and the arts often result from synergistic interactions and symbiotic relationships between pairs of individuals. An example of such interaction in the arts is the nature of the Matisse-Picasso relationship. This year's Lasker Awards honor individuals who illustrate such relationships in science.
SEPT. 11, 2001 Conceptual advances in the biomedical sciences are crucially dependent on technological innovation. The 2001 Lasker awards celebrate the development of two technologies — one that has allowed the manipulation of the mouse genome with exquisite precision and a second one that has made in vitro fertilization (IVF) possible.