Fall 2016 Newsletter

2016 Fall
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.

Bruce Alberts Remembers Daniel Koshland

SEPT. 15, 2016
Bruce Alberts, winner of the 2016 Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science, talks about his life in science, and his colleague and friend Daniel Koshland.

Harold Varmus: Understanding Cancer

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.

Remembering a Great Cancer Biologist

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.

Winners of the 2016 Essay Contest

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.

Advancing Cancer Research from the Lab to Therapies

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?

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