The Lasker Foundation is celebrating its anniversary! 75 years ago, Albert and Mary Lasker established the Foundation to accelerate support for medical research. Today, we carry on their legacy by recognizing achievements across the full spectrum of medical research, advocating for science, and providing educational programs.

To commemorate this special year, we reflect on the groundbreaking work of our Laureates and look forward to the research breakthroughs that the next 75 years may hold.

Emil Unanue: Explaining the key role of macrophages in fighting pathogens

Unanue fundamentally advanced the field of molecular immunology and revealed the biochemical basis of T cell recognition. Unanue received the 1995 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, along with Peter Doherty, Jack Strominger, Don Wiley, and Rolf Zinkernagel, for work describing how T cells, central players in acquired protective immunity, recognize antigens.

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