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Nixon letter to Mary Lasker

The Promise of the Cancer Moonshot

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?

Structure of Gleevec bound to the kinase domain

Advancing Cancer Research from the Lab to Therapies

The 2009 Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical 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?

Lasker Winners

Lasker Archives: When Cancer Drugs Were Still a Distant Dream

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.

Robert Tjian

The Country Needs More PhDs — a Conversation with HHMI’s President Robert Tjian

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.

Human intestinal organoid

Q&A with David Hill, Winner of 2015 Lasker Essay Contest

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.